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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

WEEK BY WEEK Training Schedule

The CERT instruction is a 21 Hour course divided into 7 classes. The classes each last 3 hours and are taught 1 day a week for 7 weeks.

The seven classes will cover these topics:

Week 1: Disaster Preparedness:
What is a disaster’s impact on our city’s infrastructure? What structural and non-structural hazards exist in buildings, and what is the role of CERT members during a disaster?

Week 2: Fire Suppression and Terrorism and CERT:
Disaster Suppression - Discovering and reducing potential fire hazards in your home and work place, and strategies and techniques used to extinguish small fires. Terrorism and CERT - Describes the different types of terrorism threats and what you and your community need to do in case of terrorist attacks

Week 3: Disaster Medical Operation 1:
Treatment for life threatening conditions, the 3 “killers” in a disaster, how and why we “Triage” or sort patients

Week 4: Disaster Medical Operation 2:
Head-to-toe assessment of victims, treatment of fractures, laceration, sprains, burns, and other injures, and setting up treatment area

Week 5: Light Search and Rescue:
Light Search and Rescue - Search and Rescue priorities, how to do size up, and how lifting and cribbing is done with safety in mind

Week 6: Disaster Psychology and Team Organization:
Psychology and Organization - How to recognize and respond to post disaster emotional reactions of victims and rescuers. How to organize your areas and document response actions

Week 7: Course Reviews and Disaster Simulation Exercise
Putting Knowledge and Skills into Practice - In a group setting students are taken through final evolutions to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained throughout the course.

Course fees: $30 per person for residents, non-profit organizations, civic groups, etc. $75 per person for business, corporations

Payment can be made online following the online class registration. If not paying online, payment must be made the first night of class payable to Salt Lake City Corp in the form of a check or money order. Cash cannot be accepted.

Fees pay for instruction, CERT manual, and CERT “kit.” CERT “kits” are awarded to all students upon successful completion of the course on the last day of class.

Upon successfully completing the course, students will receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized certificate of completion.

Unless otherwise specified, all classes will be held at the Salt Lake City Fire Department Training Center at 1600 Industrial Road, Salt Lake City, UT.



Current Class Schedule
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Reg. Track 7 nights, Mondays @ 475 S 300 E, Public Safety Bldg.
Jan. 23 - March 13, 2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Registration deadline:  Jan. 23, 2017

Spanish Reg. Track 7 nights, Thursdays @ 475 S 300 E, Public Safety Bldg.
Jan. 26 - March 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Registration deadline:  Jan. 26, 2017


For More Information Contact

John Flynt
Preparedness Coordinator
Salt Lake City Office of Emergency Management


Team Leaders

Charlie Eckhardt
SLC CERT Southwest Division Supervisor

 Susan Collier
SLC CERT Southeast Division Supervisor
(801) 513-4848

Ron Maestas
SLC CERT Northeast Division Supervisor

Chilton Hawk
SLC CERT Northwest Division Supervisor

Marvin Match
Salt Lake City Amateur Radio Coordinator

Susan Smith
Salt Lake Crossroads Amateur Radio Club