The City of Eugene sponsors CERT training to citizens within the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area. CERT trains citizens to be prepared to respond to emergency situations within their communities. Trained CERT members are able to give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members may also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of a community.
CERT courses consist of a series of eight classes, which focus on:
Disaster preparedness: This portion of the training deals with actions that citizens can take prior to, during, and after a disaster to lessen the effects upon themselves and their neighbors. The organization and background of the CERT Programs are also covered, as well as any laws that apply to volunteers in the jurisdiction.
Disaster fire suppression: This training covers the basics of fire dynamics and the safe use of portable fire extinguishers. Awareness training on hazmat also is covered, as is controlling utilities such as electricity and natural gas to reduce hazards.
Disaster medical operations: In this section the CERT Member is given basic first aid skills such as airway management and bleeding control. Simple triage and the concept of establishing a safe an sanitary medical treatment area are also areas covered.
Light search & rescue: CERT Members receive basic search and rescue training, size-up, and safety for the rescuers. The ability to determine if a structure is safe for operation is an important concept and is covered in this section.
Disaster psychology and team organization; The effects of a disaster are not only physical. The emotional impacts of the event on both the worker and the victims are addressed. The need for proper documentation and organizational principles are covered.
To receive additional information on preparedness training including the next CERT Class-please register on our website www.eugene-cert.com.