What is CERT ?
CERT stands for
Community Emergency Response Team
Its purpose is to assist in emergency survival techniques
CERT was developed and implemented by the city of Los Angeles, California Fire Department in 1985. They realized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Therefore the LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. The Wjittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a mojor disaster in California.
The training program that the LAFD initiated proved to be so beneficial that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) felt that the concept and the program should be made available to communities nationwide. In 1994, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), in cooperation with the LAFD, expanded the CERT materials to make them applicable to all hazards.
The City of Parma Community Response Program is part of the local and national Citizens Corps efforts to incorporate and utilize volunteers in the community. Citizens Corps is endorsed by the President and the Department of Homeland Security. Parma CERT was established in September of 2004 under the City of Parma Fire Department.
Benefits of CERT training:
CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical
skills in emergency preparedness and response.
Participants learn how to:
* Identify and anticipate hazards
* Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
* Extinguish small fires
* Assist emergency responders
* Conduct light search and rescue
* Set-up medical treatment areas
* Apply basic medical techniques
* Help reduce survivor stress
Who should take CERT training ?
* Community leaders
* Communities of faith
* Teachers and administrators
* Members of clubs and organizations
* People interested in taking an active role
in hometown preparedness
Parma CERT was created in 2004 for citizens to learn about emergency preparedness
and how they can assist police and firefighters when called upon during an emergency.
It is a civic minded organization that trains its members to take care of themselves,
their neighbors and their city during emergencies.
Parma CERT Mission Statement:
“Beginning with ourselves, we will be prepared to work as an individual or together as emergency response teams, to assist our families, neighbors and community in a time of disaster or need and be prepared to make decisions that benefit the people of the City of Parma.”