CERT Course Outline

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Session # 1 [Introduction to Emergency Preparedness]

The first class session introduces academy students to Emergency Management Concepts.

Session # 2 [ICS]

Students are taught the fundamentals of the FEMA Incident Command System including the key roles, how they apply to the C.E.R.T organization, and first responder agencies such as Police, Fire, and EMS.

(This is a key course for anyone with an interest in pursing a career in Police, Fire, or EMS)

Session # 3 [Terrorism]

Students are taught about the physical weapons of Terrorists and their effects on the human body. This class also includes custom curriculum about Home Grown Violent Extremists.

Session # 4 [Disaster Psychology]

Disasters induce stress in the victims. This course describes the mental and psychological effects of victims as well as first responder trauma. Students are given examples of what to expect at disaster scenes as to lessen the trauma on themselves when responding. 

Session # 5 [Medical Operations I]

Co-instructed by Deputy Chief Michael Blecker of Empress Ambulance Company. Students are taught basic first aid skills to treat Airway obstructions, Bleeding, and Shock. The C.E.R.T triage model and its importance is also a key component of this lesson.

Session # 6 [Medical Operations II]

Co-instructed by Lieutenant A.J Briones of Empress Ambulance Company. Students are taught the knowledge for the following first aid skills: Head to toe assessments, neck/spinal injuries, burn treatment, splinting fractures, avoiding hypothermia, allergic reactions, and public health considerations.

Session # 7 [Fire Science and Suppression]

Co-instructed by Louis Lambros, volunteer firefighter. Students are taught the fire triangle, common causes of residential fires, utility shutoffs, explanation of fire extinguishers, and the PASS method. Students are given a hands on practical exercise in which they extinguish a live fire with a water fire extinguisher while supervised by instructors.

Session # 8 [Search and Rescue / Graduation]

Co-instructed by Louis Lambros, volunteer firefighter. Students are taught industry wide search and rescue tactics. Students are given a hands on practical exercise in which they search a warehouse and must extricate survivors while avoiding simulated dangers and maintain team protocols. Students that completed all 8 classroom sessions and the required FEMA independent study courses were graduated after this class.