Your community needs your help. Become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member by contacting the City of Salem Fire Department’s Emergency Manager.
How do I sign up?
- Contact the City Emergency Manager. You can find the contact information in the Contact Us section of this page.
- You will need to complete a CERT training course. Courses consist of several classes, usually two hours each. You can find a list of upcoming courses in the events calendar. Class size is limited.
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team program helps train volunteers to assist their communities when a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response.
CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learn during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
In a 21-hour course, CERT members are trained to take care of themselves and help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. This is when debris-clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications, or a high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel.
CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base.
Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.
What will I learn?
You will learn:
- The types of hazards most likely to affect your homes and communities.
- The function of CERT and your role in immediate response.
- To take steps to prepare you and your neighbors for a disaster.
- To identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your homes and workplaces.
- To work as a team to apply basic fire suppression to extinguish small fires.
- To use basic first aid for various injuries.
- To apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock, conduct triage, perform head-to-toe assessments, and to set up a treatment area.
- To identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
- The most common techniques for searching a structure.
- The safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
- The ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.