The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Classes are about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Over the course of the CERT program you’ll learn the most up to date information through hands-on training in basic disaster preparedness, use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid training, search and rescue techniques, communicating through FRS radios and neighborhood team building. Participants of the program will learn lifesaving skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.  Each of the CERT modules (except Radios) is covered in the Participant Manual, and will be fully illustrated and explained during the class (the radios class has a separate handout of information).
Please review each Chapter in the Participant Manual before each class so that way you will be familiar with the topic and ready with any questions you may have for the Instructor.

The last class of the series will be a Skills Day. During this extended Saturday class, students will get a chance to practice and demonstrate the individual skills they learned in class, in front of a member of the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department CERT who has qualified as an Instructor for that skill. This is a very full and fun day, and includes your graduation ceremony and presentation of your membership credentials and CERT equipment backpack.

  • All about CERT

  • Earthquake type, magnitude, history and probability.

  • How to prepare before

  • Natural gas, water and electrical controls: why, when and how to shut them off

  • Types of fire and use of extinguishers to put the fire out

  • Hazardous materials at home or work and on the road.

  • Opening airways, stopping bleeding and controlling shock

  • START triage

  • Minor burns

  • Applying splints to arms and legs

  • Practicing Disaster Medical Skills

  • Classify damaged buildings

  • Search and rescue

  • Lifting heavy objects and mechanical advantage

  • CERT Incident Command System

  • WMD/Terrorism

  • CERT Documentation

  • Disaster Psychology

  • Composing emergency messages

  • Hands-on practice with FRS Radios

  • CERT Gear

  • Extinguishing fire

  • Triaging and treating victims

  • Extricating a victim trapped by heavy timbers

  • Interior search for reported missing person

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Foster City, CA 94404

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