Community Emergency Response Team
CERT is a national volunteer program sponsored by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and Citizens Corp that is locally implemented and affiliated with Mill Valley Fire and Police Departments and Southern Marin Fire Protection District. CERT started in Los Angeles in 1993 and has grown to over 600,000 members in all 50 states.
CERT students learn how to be prepared for local hazards and how to help their neighbors until professional first responders arrive. CERTs are recognized as citizen first responders and Disaster Service Workers. CERT training consists of 20 hours of in-class didactic and hands on learning in Disaster Preparedness; CERT Organization; Disaster Medical Operations; Disaster Psychology; Fire Safety and Utility Controls; Light Search and Rescue Operations; and Terrorism.
After completing the course, you will be able to provide immediate assistance to handle small fires, turn off utilities, give basic first aid, perform light search and rescue, and provide necessary information for arriving professional responders. CERT volunteers play a critical role in freeing up professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex, essential, and critical tasks.
There is a role for everyone in CERT and CERTs fill a critical role in our community.
Minimum age: 14 years
Cost: $50.00; scholarships are available.
Due to COVID-19, in-class classes are temporally suspended. A hybrid, partially online course will be ready for registration shortly.
For more information, check out www.readymarin.org/cert/.