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What is CERT? Community Emergency Response Team

CERT training focuses on increasing the level of SAFETY for those individuals who will be stepping forward to assist after a disaster.  CERT promotes a partnership between emergency services and the community members they serve.  In the wake of a disaster, emergency personnel and their resources may be overwhelmed by the response needs in the community.  CERT training gives individuals a glimpse into the ‘System’ designed to save lives in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

For more information, see class topics below or, visit:

Attendance at Both Days is Required      

 Saturday, March 3rd AND March 10th 2012

 From 8:00am – 6:00pm both days

 Where:  Mt Hood Community College,

 Academic Center (AC) Room 1266

 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, Oregon 97030 

 This link provides driving directions (left hand side of screen).  The map shows you the entire campus.  You can then click on 'Academic Center' (lower left, below 'campus map) and then click on 'Main Level'.  Room 1266 is just behind the bookstore.  

Saturday, March 3rd - Day 1:

  0800-1130 - CERT/Disasters and the 'larger system' – Unit 1
1130-1400 – Medical 1 – Unit 3
1400-1530 - Terrorism/Hazardous Materials – Unit 8
1530-1630 – Fire – Unit 2
1630-1800 - Disaster Psychology – Unit 7

Saturday, March 10th - Day 2: 
0800-1100 – SAR and Patient Movement – Unit 5
1100-1130 - Communications/Radio use
1130-1430 – Medical 2 – Unit 4
1430-1600 – ICS, CERT Organization – Unit 6
1600-1800 – Concise Reporting and Tabletop Exercise – Unit 9

To register Click registration button on this site

 Class Session Topic Descriptions

 Disaster Preparedness: The impact of disasters on buildings, non-structural elements, infrastructure and social systems.  An overview of local hazards and basic preparedness.  Disaster Fire Suppression: Fire chemistry and behavior, reducing potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression techniques.  Disaster Medical Operations:  Treatment for life-threatening conditions; principles of triage; how to lift and carry for patient movement; head-to-toe assessments; basic first aid treatments, and establishing treatment areas.  Search & Rescue and Disaster Psychology:  Techniques for situation size-up & rescuer safety, recognizing rescuer limitations, victim extrication, and disaster psychology.  Team Organization and Decision Making:  Volunteer management, documentation, & resource allocation.  AND Terrorism, Hazardous Materials and Disaster Psychology.  All students are required to participate in a final exercise before being considered ‘CERT Certified’.  The final exercise for this class is April 14th at the University of Portland, students must register for this exercise. 

Books are provided for class use.  If you would like to read prior to class visit:  If students wish to purchase a book, they may do so for $20.  However, we recommend the CERT All Weather Field Operationing Guide as a better choice, it is weather resistant and fits into a back pack.  These guides can be found online and range in price from $11 to $15.    

These are two LONG days of training, please:

 *  Arrive well rested, dressed for the weather, and ready to interact with your fellow students.  
*  Bring your own coffee, snacks and lunch.




Carnetta Boyd at
Or call 503-880-7658

Alice Busch at
Or call 971-563-3051


March 03, 2012 — 8:00 am to
March 10, 2012 — 6:00 pm

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Mt Hood Community College
Room 1226
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, Oregon
United States