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UFA now offers a 5 (five) Weeknights CERT training class or a 2 (two) Saturday CERT training class. Both require participants to complete the online IS-317 introduction to CERT prior to the first day of class. This training will take anywhere from 4-8 hours to complete. Your progress will be remembered if using the same computer, so you can go at your pace. There is a final exam at the end, print out your certificate of completion and bring it to the first week of class. You receive 8 hours of credit from Homeland Security for this course, which eliminates a lot of the “Death by PowerPoint” time in class. We have found by utilizing the online course students come into the class better informed about what CERT really entails. Another benefit is there is more time for hands-on exercises each week.

Please visit  http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cert/IS317/  to complete the online portion.

CERT registration is now done entirely online. Classes are listed with dates and times. Choose a class from the list below, then click the registration link and follow the instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Classes are limited to a select number of participants, so register early to guarantee your spot. To learn more about what CERT is, scroll down this page. Additionally, each city and township have volunteers that are coordinating CERT training for their respective jurisdictions, these coordinators are working closely with Unified Fire to establish the best possible CERT program. A list of these reps is here.

To Register for CERT Click HERE!

Scroll down to see more about CERT and a recent CERT activation in Draper City.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Information

Disaster

If we experience a major disaster in the Salt Lake Valley, public services, including fire and police, will likely be completely overwhelmed. The 911 system we have come to rely on as citizens will be bombarded with people in need and resources will be stretched thin. Factors such as the number of people injured, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing the emergency services they have come to expect. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life sustaining and life saving needs. In anticipation of these harsh realities, UFA sponsors local CERT training.

Following the Mexico City earthquake in 1985, as many as 800 lives were saved by volunteers reaching out to help their neighbors in need, however, 100 of these spontaneous volunteers lost their lives trying to help others. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with some simple training. CERT is designed to provide that training and knowledge. Knowledge is the first step. Understanding that disasters are strong possibilities and that they can strike at any time helps us to want to prepare. Once we understand the grim possibility, we should do our part to prepare ourselves and our families. For help on preparedness, UFA offers a one night program called "Are You Ready?" More information can be found under our Are You Ready tab. The next step would be to obtain more training in areas that would give them skills to help their neighbors and communities in times of need. The CERT program provides this type of training.

Disaster

Disasters happen when you least expect them. Being prepared is the key to overcoming them. CERT will teach you about different kinds of disasters, and how the response differs in each situation. By knowing this and the other information that is covered in the course, you will be able to assist with the recovery and survival efforts in the case of a disaster of any scale. The CERT Teams in Unified Fire Authority’s response area are becoming an integral part of the disaster mitigation plan. CERT classes are taught throughout all UFA areas. To find a class near you, check the schedule above. You are welcome to attend any of the classes in any location in order to complete all sessions of training.

Syllabus

The course is split into 6 sessions. The topics covered are:

Session 1: Disaster Awareness and CERT Organization
Session 2: Fire Suppression, Hazardous Materials, and Terrorism
Session 3: Medical Operations I
Session 4: Medical Operations II
Session 5: Search and Rescue, and Table Top Exercise
Session 6: Disaster Psychology and Final Review


Students will also attend a disaster simulation at the end of each session. Locations and dates will be announced in class. Class formats run from once a week Disaster classes, to intense all day Saturday classes. The class costs $30 per participant. This covers:

  • The course manual and various handouts
  • A kit that includes bandages, splints, and other emergency items you will use during the course.
  • A hard hat
  • Safety vest
  • Particulate masks
  • Students are required to bring leather gloves and eye protection (goggles or safety glasses) the first night of class. Sturdy work boots are also recommended.

CERT Activity in Draper

Our CERT Team in Action

On August 25th, 2008, wildfire erupted in the foothills above Draper City. The fire spread quickly through the dry desert grass and began threatening homes within minutes. Families were evacuated and fire crews worked for hours to protect homes as the fire raged across the mountain. Fortunately, no homes were damaged and families were allowed back into their homes that evening. The fire eventually burned over 800 acres and left the hillside above the evacuation area barren and unstable.

Corner Canyon

Draper City brought in Geologists who quickly warned them that the scorched hillside was going to be vulnerable to mud slides for the next 3 years. Sudden rain could quickly erode the now rootless hillside and create flooding problems and sudden mud slides It was a scary proposition, and rain was in the forecast for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Draper City needed to warn their citizens of the dangers and inform them of the city’s plan. They only had a day to act, and needed to ensure that all of the people in the evacuation area made it to their town hall meeting to get the necessary information.

City officials turned to UFA for advice. We knew that flyers would not be read by everyone. Face to face interaction was the only way to ensure that everyone was informed, but we didn't have enough firefighters to canvas the area quickly enough. We called upon our local CERT team’s Emergency Volunteer Coordinator to help us get the word out.



We informed the Emergency Volunteer Coordinator that we needed as many CERT members as possible to help us spread the word. She made a few phone calls, and within 2 hours, we had over 30 CERT trained people at the base of the mountain, ready to help. We divided up the area and spread out. An hour later, Draper’s CERT team had passed out literature and answered the questions of 200 households. To organize an effort that large within two hours of its suggestion is quite a feat. Our EVC program is working! We are getting organized and our contract cities are beginning to see how valuable our CERT teams can be. Although we hope we never NEED to activate our CERT teams, it’s comforting to know that we have such a valuable asset in our neighborhoods. We’re finally organized, and if the Corner Canyon Fire is any indication, we'll be able to perform at a high level whenever called upon. Wildfire pictures courtesy of Deseret News.


More Registration Information:

Disaster

In order to properly plan for our classes, we respectfully request that those persons interested in CERT training pre-register for the course. Additionally, payment will be required the first night of class.

Class is available to all citizens 18 or older who are interested in learning the essentials of community emergency response during disasters. Youth over 14 years of age may also participate, but must be accompanied by a parent at all training sessions. After completing the course participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

For more information or questions please call 801-562-9129 or email communityassistance@ufa-slco.org.

Checks should be made payable to “Unified Fire Authority” or “UFA”.