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Community Emergency Response Team


A nationally accredited, formally trained organization of local citizen
volunteers working with First Responders to help grow and strengthen
the public safety network in Wood County
Please note: All the information on this website refers to what Wood County CERT was trying to be before it was
shut down in April 2014, and what we intend to be when if and when the program is ever re-activated.

Join Wood County CERT

Now Accepting Applications

In anticipation of the Wood County CERT program being resurrected early in 2017, we are now accepting applications for membership so we can begin training right away and be able to “hit the ground running” early next year. We want to make sure that by January we have all of our offices filled and that everyone who wants to be involved has completed the required training. Our minimum training requirements for all members include completion of CERT Basic Training, plus IS-100 and IS-700. Please CLICK HERE for information on applying for membership. We are also recruiting a core group of “professional” first responders from local agencies to serve as an advisory committee to help oversee the program and ensure that we are building a CERT program that will effectively meet the actual needs of our communities.

Although we will not be able to respond as an “official” CERT until after we obtain the formal government sponsorship required, we will be able to organize, train, and prepare to be ready to become active as soon as that sponsorship is obtained. If you would like to become a member of Wood County CERT, please download and complete an application for membership and mail it to Rick Sawyer, Director, Wood County CERT, 2600 Unity Plaza Apt 507, Parkersburg, WV 26101-7162. If you have never completed the CERT Basic Training training, you will be notified when our next training is scheduled.

If you have previous CERT experience, please include a description of your training and experience with your application, including a list of all the ICS courses you have taken and their completion dates. If you would like to be considered for one of our officer positions,, please tell us which position you are interested in and tell us your qualifications for that position.

If you want to see if the CERT program is for you, or if you want to get a head start on your training, you might want to consider taking the free on-line FEMA course ISIS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams.


To become a member of Wood County CERT you must:

• be at least 18 years old (14 for Teen CERT)

• complete a minimum 20-hour CERT Basic Training Course*

• complete the federally-mandated Incident Command System courses IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) and IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

• pass a simple criminal background check showing you have never been convicted of any felony, sexual offense, or crime of violence, and are not a member of any organization that advocates the violent overthrow of the government

• submit an Application for Membership

• CLICK HERE for a more complete description of the qualifications

Bring your completed application, along with your certificates of completion for any of the required courses you may have already completed, to any Wood County CERT meeting, or mail all documents to the Director


This video demonstrates just few of the hundreds of reasons why you should take the CERT training course to learn how to help your family and neighbors during the next big emergency.


   † Individuals between the ages of 14 and 18 may join Wood County CERT and participate all of the activities, but will designated as “Teen CERT” members. The training requirements are the same. Individuals younger than 14 may not be official members of CERT until their 14th birthday, but are welcome to take the training and participate in all activities when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

   * The federal “standard” set by FEMA for CERT Basic Training is a 21½-hour course. Some CERT programs offer a “condensed” or “accelerated” Basic Training course consisting of only 12 to 16 hours. Wood County CERT does not recognize those programs as being adequate in content. Wood County CERT requires you to have completed a minimum 20-hour course to become a member.

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