Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are groups of amateur emergency workers. CERT participants receive basic training from emergency response professionals and work in the initial aftermath of a disaster to augment official emergency services.
Community Emergency Response Teams are trained in basic emergency response procedures such as:
- Assessing structural integrity and performing light search and rescue
- Collecting and recording vital information to be relayed to professional responders on damage, victims and actions taken or resources needed
- Conducting an initial size-up of the situation in their immediate area
- Performing immediate medical triage and basic treatment of injuries
- Providing leadership to untrained volunteers
- Reducing immediate dangers by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires and evacuating hazardous areas
The fire departments and districts in Marin County
have undertaken a program of CERT for civilians. This shortened version (10 hours) with more hands-on experience, will be taught to Marin County residents by Marin fire agency personnel. The intent is to train and prepare volunteers to achieve a higher level of basic skills in:
- Earthquake survival
- Emergency preparedness
- Fire prevention and suppression
- Search and rescue / disaster first aid
Visit the Ready Marin
website for registration details and more information.