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Community Emergency Response Team

CERT Training

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.

CERT Basic TrainingContinuing Education The FEMA Building Block Approach to TrainingTraining Schedule

CERT Training

The CERT Basic Training Course is scheduled to be conducted in Wood County at least twice each year. In order to become CERTified, participants must attend all five sessions. The course is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the next course, download and print an Application for Membership and send it to the address at the top of the application. For more information about the CERT program contact any of our officers.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Accordingly, LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive and to safely help others until responders or other assistance could arrive.

The training model that the LAFD initiated was adopted by other fire departments around the country, including communities where the major threat is hurricanes rather than earthquakes. Building on this development, in 1994 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expanded the CERT materials to make them applicable to all hazards and made the program available to communities nationwide. Since that time, thousands of dedicated trainers, organizations, and citizens have embraced the responsibility to learn new skills and become prepared to execute safe and effective emergency response.

CERT Basic Training

The classroom-based CERT Basic Training Course is delivered in the community by a team of first responders and/or other subject-matter experts who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to instruct the sessions.

Nationally, the training is typically delivered in eight 2½- or 3-hour sessions, one evening a week over an 8-week period plus a three-hour weekend (generally on a Saturday) drill  for a total of 22-24 hours. Wood County CERT generally delivers the program as six 4-hour sessions (either one night a week for six weeks, or two nights a week for three weeks), or in three eight-hour sessions on three weekend days (generally on Saturdays) for a total of about 24 hours. [More]

CERT Continuing Education

In addition to the CERT Basic Training course, numerous supplemental training options are available, and are offered on at least a monthly basis. [More]

The FEMA Building Block Approach to Training

The Building Block Approach is a method focused on exposing participants to a cycle of training and exercises that escalates in complexity, with each exercise designed to build upon the last, in terms of scale and subject matter.  For example, a building-block series of exercises may include a seminar, which leads to a tabletop exercise (TTX), which leads to a full-scale exercise (FSE). [More]

Scheduled Training

See this page for our current training schedule.

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