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. Then CERT teams are formed and maintained as part of the emergency response capability for their area.

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 delivered in 2 back-to-back weekends. The classes will be held on each Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and on each Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Through training, citizens will learn how to prepare for disaster emergencies, put out small fires, provide basic medical aid by treating the three killers in opening airways, control bleeding, and treating for shock; light search for and rescue victims safely; organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective, and disaster psychology. A Terrorism Module is included to educate CERT members about CBRNE, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-yield Explosives agents. The 2nd Saturday concludes with a mock disaster exercise where participants practice the skills they learned throughout the course.

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

The next available training in 2017 is April 28th from 6 -10pm, 29th 9am-5pm, May 5th 6 -10pm, and May 6th 9am-5pm.
pdf Course Registration and Liability Release Packet

More info on 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

John Higley
Iron County Emergency Coordinator
(435) 865-5332

For more information about the CERT groups in Utah see:

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