Like any other professional emergency organization, CERT requires continual training to keep its members prepared for any disaster or emergency that may occur. CERT training covers a number of topics and is prepared for both new and experienced members.
CERT Basic Course
Individuals wishing to become a part of Klamath County CERT must first complete the CERT Basic Course. This is a 24-hour course broken up into three to four-hour blocks that are taught over the course of several weekends. This course provides students with a broad base of emergency skills and knowledge that they can utilize in emergencies and disasters to help their families, neighbors, and communities. Topics included in the CERT Basic Course includes the following:
Addresses hazards specific to our communities. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster as well as an overview of CERT and local laws governing volunteers.
Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, fire suppression strategies, and reviews proper utility shut-off procedures. This unit also addresses the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
Disaster Medical Operations
Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding control, and shock management. Participates also learn how to perform a head to toe assessment as well as basic first aid.
Light Search and Rescue Operations
Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and rescuer safety.
Covers CERT organization and management.
Addresses the psychological impacts of a disaster on rescuers and victims. Participants learn how to provide “psychological first aid”.
Covers terrorism and how participants can prepare for a terrorist incident. Addresses CERT protocols for terrorist incidents.
Course Review and Final Exam
Participants review and are tested on all the topics covered in the course.
Participants practice the skills they have learned during the course in a disaster activity.
Basic CERT courses are offered based on local interest and occur on an annual basis. Contact Ron Miller. to find out more about the next CERT Basic Training Course offered in your community.
Klamath County CERT offers monthly training sessions to help current CERT members further hone their skills. Training sessions cover a variety of topics and it is strongly recommended that current CERT members attend training whenever possible. Training sessions are held at 6:00 P.M. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Klamath Community College, Building 6. Visit the Events Calendar for more information on specific training sessions.