Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.). 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 C.E.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.
Hoodland C.E.R.T. has about 20 members that are trained to support Hoodland Fire District #74 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.
C.E.R.T. members come from all walks of life and experiences and range from highschool students to retired folks.
C.E.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 C.E.R.T. program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the C.E.R.T. training, citizens learn to:
- Manage utilities and put out small fires.
- Treat the three medical killers by opening airways.
- Control bleeding and treat for shock.
- Provide basic medical aid.
- Search for and rescue victims safely.
- Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
If you are interested in joining the team, please fill out the interest sheet below and return it to Hoodland Fire.Click here for a C.E.R.T. Interest Sheet