The Riverside Fire Department- Office of Emergency Management Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Training Program trains the community to be self-sufficient following a major
disaster when first responders are likely to be over tasked and not readily
available to respond to every emergency.
CERT Participants receive 20-hours of training in basic disaster response skills,
including fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, and disaster
medical operations taught by Fire Department Personnel. CERT Participants learn how
to organize to assist others in their neighborhood, school or workplace
following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available
The CERT Program concepts and practices further foster a sense of “whole
community”, a priority for the City of Riverside.
Under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT
teams help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims,
providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at a
Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential
workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control and
evacuation. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help themselves and to help
others until trained emergency personnel arrive.