CERT TRAINING IN POLK COUNTY
CERT Basic Course: Winter/Spring 2020
BASIC CERT TRAINING CLASSES ARE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Our next offering of the Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course begins on February 4th! The 10-week course will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm – 9 pm, February 4th – April 7th, 2020. Course location is the Polk Co. Fire District #1 training room, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence, OR. The course is free and is appropriate for ages 14 and up. There are no required books or hidden fees. Everything you need will be provided for you.
We currently have several open spots on our team. However, we also understand the value of increasing our community’s number of trained spontaneous volunteers. Gaining the skills you need to help yourself, your family and your neighborhoods will make a huge difference during a large disaster. So, there is no requirement to join the team in order to take the course. During the course you will learn about risk factors and natural hazards both locally and across Oregon. You’ll also discover many ways that you can help your community both prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.
Courses are structured in modular format and are delivered by experienced Instructors who are subject matter experts in their fields. Our Senior Instructional Team is comprised of 5 Instructors who have completed both Oregon OEM and FEMA CERT TTT coursework. Our remaining 5 adult Instructors have completed Oregon OEM CERT TTT course deliveries and most are also certified Instructor/Trainers in Firefighting, EMS, Military, Law Enforcement and Public Education fields. We currently have 1 Teen Instructor in our program.
The Basic CERT Course is the foundation course for the entire program and is required for Team Membership. However, we strongly believe that improving our communities resiliency in the face of a disaster hinges upon providing this training to any, and every, citizen who desires to do so. Therefore, the course is offered free of charge and team membership is NOT required.
While the Basic Course is offered 3 times each year as part of our training program, we are also able to accommodate community groups and organizations seeking dedicated deliveries to their members.
Basic CERT Course
Our Basic CERT Course is 30 hours in length and covers 10 modules:
Module 1: Disaster Preparedness and Local Hazards
Module 2: Light Fire Suppression and HAZMAT Protocols
Module 3: Mass Disaster Triage
Module 4: Mass Disaster Treatment
Module 5: Light Urban Search & Rescue
Module 6: Radio Communications
Module 7: CERT Structure and the Incident Command System
Module 8: Disaster Psychology
Module 9: Terrorism Awareness
Module 10: Simulated Disaster Exercise
Additional Course Deliveries Available Upon Request
- G317 CERT Basic Course – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
- G428 CERT Train The Trainer (TTT) – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
- G427 CERT Program Manager – Oregon OEM Sanctioned Statewide Delivery
- CERT Animal Response Modules 1 & 2
- CERT Tools for Leadership Success
- CERT Traffic and Crowd Management
Polk CERT Monthly Training Sessions
Polk CERT conducts monthly training classes. These are interactive training sessions where you will have the opportunity to train alongside other CERT members while developing your capabilities to respond effectively in a variety of emergency situations. These monthly training sessions are open for community members to participate in. Bring your family members, neighbors and associates. Introduce them to CERT and emergency preparedness. See the monthly training schedule.
EMI Self-Study Courses
Following are some selected courses from the EMI self-study portal. Polk CERT members, please send certificates of completion to Kimber Townsend to get credit for the training hours.
Introduction to Hazardous Materials
Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness
Animals in Disaster: Community Planning
Livestock in Disasters
CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System
Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters