H.E.A.R.T. is a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional fire agencies and emergency services. The H.E.A.R.T. program is an all-risk, all-hazard training program. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. Our 100-plus members are trained to support the Hoodland Fire District and other emergency-services providers by providing first aid, evacuations, traffic control, and search and rescue operations during large-scale events such as floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and wildfires.

H.E.A.R.T. members range from young (middle- and high-school students) to retired folks, and come from all walks of life and experience.

H.E.A.R.T. is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the H.E.A.R.T. program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the H.E.A.R.T. training, citizens learn to:

  • manage utilities and put out small fires,
  • treat the three medical killers by opening airways,
  • controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
  • provide basic medical aid,
  • search for and rescue victims safely,
  • organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
  • collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.


For more information, please email Cris Crislip, H.E.A.R.T Director