Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of Montgomery’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program engages citizens to be prepared to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster.

CERT team members will learn to:

  • Identify and anticipate hazards
  • Reduce hazards in the home and workplace
  • Extinguish small fires
  • Assist emergency responders
  • Conduct search and rescue
  • Set up medical treatment areas
  • Apply basic medical techniques
  • Help reduce survivor stress
  • Take Initial control and scene assessment
  • Interface with first arriving responders

Citizens recruited to join the CERT team will be trained to respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises with the opportunity for additional training.

During a disaster or incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach the community right away. With training in CERT, residents will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

CERT training takes about 24 hours (broken down into several classes) to complete. This training provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response. Upon graduation, participants are mobilized and expected to respond in the event of a disaster.

For more information, please contact the Fire Department at 513-985-1633.

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