Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a program designed to prepare Mountain View residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors, in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. Formerly known as Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training, the CERT program is free to all citizens of Mountain View.
Over the course of 4 weeks, CERT members receive training in earthquake awareness, disaster fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations, first aid/CPR, light search and rescue as well as team organization and management. CERT Training culminates with a disaster simulation and comprehensive course review. All classes are taught by trained emergency personnel, including firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, with an emphasis on hands-on practice.
Following a disaster, CERT teams can extinguish small fires, turn off gas inlets to damaged homes, perform light search and rescue and render basic first aid. The CERT program provides an effective response capability.
Free CERT training classes are conducted throughout the year, and have been taught in languages other than English. A course schedule is shown below, and an outline of the course material is shown at the bottom of this page. Please use the “Register Online” link to sign up for a class, or call (650) 903-6825 for information and registration.
2013 Class Schedule
Class #1- February 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at 1000 Villa Street and March 30 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Fire Station #4, 229 N. Whisman Road.
Class #2- May 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at 1000 Villa Street and June 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Fire Station #4, 229 N. Whisman Road.
Class #3- September 12, 19, 26, October 3, and 10 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at 1000 Villa Street and October 12 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Fire Station #4, 229 N. Whisman Road.
Spanish Language Class- June 8 and 15 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Day Worker Center, 113 Escuela Avenue and June 29 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Fire Station #4, 229 N. Whisman Road.
REGISTER ONLINE FOR CERT BY CLICKING HERE
The CERT Program Details
Through 8 modules, you will be trained in basic self-help and mutual-aid emergency functions. Following is a brief description of each module:
Introduction to disasters
Impact on infrastructure
Building structures and nonstructural items
Role of CERTs in disaster response
Disaster Fire Suppression
Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards
Disaster Medical Operations--Part 1
Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions
Principles of triage
Disaster Medical Operations--Part 2
Medical operations conducted within treatment areas to which victims are sent from triage, including:
Head-to-toe patient assessment
Treatments for various injuries
Public health considerations
Light Search And Rescue Operations
Search and rescue priorities and resources
Techniques for situation size-up and search
Lifting, cribbing, and victim removal
Disaster Psychology And Team Organization
Terrorism and CERT
Possible terrorism targets within your community
Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosive (B-NICE) weapons
Characteristics of B-NICE weapons Actions to take following a suspected terrorism event
Course Review and Disaster Simulation
Hands-on application of CERT Skills during a simulated disaster, including:
Mountain View is fortunate to have a number of organized neighborhood CERT groups. These are composed of a core group of CERT trained individuals and neighborhood volunteers. They provide an on-going source of disaster preparedness information to the local neighborhood and conduct periodic drills to practice their CERT skills. In a disaster, when 911 service is not available, these groups can provide a critical link to identify and communicate the neighborhood’s needs to the city’s Emergency Operating Center. For more information, go to the CERT Neighborhood Groups page. If you are a CERT graduate and would like to update your contact information please click here..