Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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What is CERT?

Community Emergency Response Team training is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that educates citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them in lifesaving skills. If needed following a disaster, these citizen-responders use their training as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available. CERT members provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources when they arrive.

Purpose of the Program

CERT promotes a partnering between emergency management and response agencies and the people in the community that they serve. The goal is to train members of neighborhoods and workplaces in basic response skills.

If there is a natural or man-made event that overwhelms or delays the community’s professional responders, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during their CERT training. These skills can help save and sustain lives until help arrives. CERT members also can volunteer for special projects that improve a community’s preparedness.

How does it work?

The 22-hour CERT Basic Training Course is offered to meet the scheduling of the requesting organization or agency. Basic Courses can be delivered in two back-to-back weekends (Friday evening and all day Saturday for two weekends) or evenings and one weekend. There are nine units which present Disaster Preparedness, CERT Organization, fire safety and utilities management, Basic First Aid, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism and CERT.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.

CERT information including a CERT Instructor Guide and Student Guide is located on the web at:

The Benefits of CERT Training

CERT training takes about 22 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 first aid
  • Help reduce servivor stress

Who Should Take CERT Training?

  • People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
  • Neighborhood Watch groups
  • Community leaders
  • Parents
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Scouting and youth organizations
  • Students, teachers, and administrators
  • Members of clubs and civic organizations

Please contact Iron County Emergency Management to schedule a course or watch this space for the next Basic Course Schedule Announcement.

Course Registration and Liability Release Packet

Iron County CERT Groups

Iron County has 4 active CERT groups:

  • Cedar City
  • Enoch
  • Kanarravile
  • North Iron County (Parowan, Parajonah, Brain Head, Summit)

Iron County has two 22-hour CERT Basic Training Courses each year. Cost of the course is $20.00. Pre-registration is required. The next scheduled courses are: Listed above or TBA


For comments or questions, contact:
George Colson
Iron County Emergency Coordinator
(435) 267-1740

For more information about the CERT groups in Utah see:

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