CERT training includes…
- The types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
- Many possible roles for CERT teams
- Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in homes & workplaces.
- Basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures
- First aid including opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
- Conducting medical triage under simulated mass-casualty conditions.
- Perform head-to-toe assessments of injured persons
- Select and set up make-shift medical treatment areas
- First aid for wounds, burns, broken bones and other injuries
- Planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations
- Common techniques for searching a structure
- Safe techniques for moving debris to extricate a trapped person
- Organizational and teamwork strategies for effective and safe CERT operation
CERT Class of May 2005
From left to right back row: Keith Putnam, Dennis Schroeder, Robert Powell, Reed Fitzpatrick, Lee Miller, Ed Steyh, Lisa Chambers, Richard Gordon, Michael Kibbe, Kebbie Bedard, Steve Bird, Diane Brenno, Robert Brenno. Front row: George Lewis, Matt Wilson, Gary Cain, Linda Higgenbotham, Mary Redick.
Since the first Vashon Island class in 2005, over a dozen additional courses have been held with roughly 250 graduates.
CERT continues to offer the full course about once per year. The course involves about 40 hours of training in the topics listed above, including a one-day wrap up with workshops and a simulated earthquake disaster response effort. Instructors are professionals with Vashon Island Fire and Rescue, experienced CERT volunteers and specialists in selected topics such as fire and disaster medical.
The next full course starts February 26, 2016 and includes 8 consecutive Friday evenings from 6-10 p.m. plus one Sunday disaster simulation exercise from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trainings are at the Farcy training center; pre-registration required; no fee but there are a few minor supplies each student should provide for him/herself (disposable gloves, dust mask, safety glasses and appropriate work clothing for practicing some skills outside). As of now, the class is full, but a short waiting list is being kept. Some of the waiting list people will likely be enrolled as others cancel.