Community Emergency Response Team training begins January afternoons


Learn basic disaster and emergency response skills – such as disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and team building – through the certified training program at the nationwide Community Emergency Response Team, which begins Jan. 19, 2022.

“We’re changing the structure of the courses this time around with day classes that meet three times a week instead of two,” said Jonathan Lord, director of emergency management. “It suits those who would find a day course more practical and allows us to complete the training in less than weeks. “

Pre-registration is required for this 30-hour course which runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Emergency Operations Center until February 3. from the menu. The last class on February 3 begins with a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon, takes a one-hour break and resumes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The program is an important partnership between the community and professional first responders,” Lord said. “CERT allows our residents to train with subject matter experts. Previous experience is not necessary – just a desire to learn and help others.

The Flagler County program is provided by the Emergency Management Office in partnership with the nonprofit Flagler Fire Department and Volunteer Services.

“It’s a way to improve overall community preparedness by educating residents on how to prepare for and respond to hazards most likely to impact our community,” Lord said. “When our residents are trained in these basic disaster response skills, it allows our first responders to focus on the most critical disaster needs. “

The CERT Winter 2022 program will educate residents on topics such as: disaster preparedness; organization of the team; disaster medical skills; disaster psychology; fire safety and control of public services; light search and rescue; and terrorism. In addition, there is a simulation of disaster.

Those interested in learning more about CERT may consider taking the FEMA IS-317 Interactive Web Course (https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317.a). This independent study course is an introduction to the Community Emergency Response Team program and is taught in three lessons.

For more information on this Community Emergency Response Team training, go to www.flaglercounty.gov/emergency and select “Volunteering and Training” from the menu, or for those who haven’t. Internet access, call 386-313-4200.