Training

CERT Basic Training

The Town of Cary offers a free FEMA Basic Training Course with the help of local CERTs. Additional ongoing training is provided at monthly meetings and other events.


The CERT Basic Training is held several times each year, depending on demand, and delivered in one of the following ways.

  • 7 weeks - 2 1/2 hour sessions, one evening a week plus a Saturday exercise
  • One weekend - 3 hours Friday night followed by 8.5 hours each on Saturday and Sunday

NOTE: You must be 18 yrs or older unless you attend with a parent.

Get More Info

Would you like to take the course?

Contact:

  • Cary CERT Training Coordinator

Randy Stark at rstark@nc.rr.com


  • Send questions to:

carycert@gmail.com




Basic Training Units

The CERT Basic Training course consists of 7 topics, as shown below.

01

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Covers actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster and as part of a community response team. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.

02

DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION

Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.

03

DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I

Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.






04

DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II

Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.

05

LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS

Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.

06

DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION

Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.

07

COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION

Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.

Additional Training

Additional ongoing training is provided at monthly meetings and other events. See the calendar for upcoming training opportunities.