Sign Up for CERT Training

​​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 three 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.

 

Contact us

Roger StevensonEmergency Manager
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
595 Cottage ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 

CERT Training (For South Gateway neighborhood residents & South Salem residents

Tuesday's from 01/24/2017 through 03/14/2017

1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (excludes Valentine's day)

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sumpter Elementary, Library

525 Rockwood St SE

Salem, OR 97306

Wayne Floyd

Email Judy at juli.momof4@yahoo.com or call 503-508-1127

Free

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017

March 1, 8, 15, 2017

6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Roth's Fresh Market

1130 Wallace Rd NW

Salem, OR 97304

Wayne Floyd

Contact Stephen Paisley at: sspaisley74@gmail.com

CERT training is free, but pre-registration is manadatory as class size is limited.

The CERT program trains the community in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, organization and disaster psychology. 

This six-week course culminates in a disaster simulation. Classes are hands-on, intensive, and designed to offer students decision making and practical skills needed to safely assist families, neighbors and coworkers in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

For more information on the CERT program visit the City of Salem Emergency Management website or contact Roger Stevenson by email at rstevenson@cityofsalem.net or 503-763-3331. 

FEMA Community Emergency Response Team Training

Friday, March 10 & 17, 2017 and

Saturday March 11 & 18, 2017

(total of 4 sessions)

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday's

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday's

Chemeketa Community College

CAM, Building 9, RM 117

Paul Gutherie

Please call 503-399-4949

Free

An introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and a refresher for current CERT team members. These six modules will cover a variety of topics that include an introduction to CERT, fire safety, hazardous material, terrorist incidents, disaster medical operations, and search and rescue.

FEMA Community Emergency Response Team Training

Friday, April 28 and May 5, 2017 and

Saturday April 29 and May 6, 2017

(total of 4 sessions)

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Friday's

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday's

Chemeketa Community College

CAM, Building 9, RM 117

Paul Gutherie

Please call 503-399-4949

Free

An introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and a refresher for current CERT team members. These six modules will cover a variety of topics that include an introduction to CERT, fire safety, hazardous material, terrorist incidents, disaster medical operations, and search and rescue.

CERT Training (Salem Alliance/Grant Neighborhood Class)

May 27th, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017

5 consecutive Saturday's, each session lasting 4.5 hours.

The final exercise will be held in the Aramark Building on June 17, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Broadway Commons

1300 Broadway ST NE #100

Salem, OR 97301

TBD

Contact Lola Hackett by email at lolahackett@yahoo.com or

Roger Stevenson, Emergency Manager, City of Salem Fire Department, at 503-763-3331

or vial email at rstevenson@cityofsalem.net.

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South Gateway CERT - Monthly Meeting

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Occurs once a month on the 2nd Sunday of the month starting in January thru May 2017.

June - December TBD

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Meeting Hall

1770 Baxter RDd SE

Salem, OR 97306

Juli Stubblefield by email at: juli.momof4@yahoo.com

or call 503-508-1127.

NOTE: The meeting hall is not actually in the church, it is a separate building closest to Baxter Rd at the top of the hill.

Salem CERT Coordinating Council - Monthly Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Occurs the second Thursday of every month.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Northwest Human Services

681 Center ST NE

Salem, OR 97301

Roger Stevenson, Emergency Manager, City of Salem Fire Department

at 503-763-3331 or via email at: rstevenson@cityofsalem.net.

West Salem CERT - Quarterly Meetings

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2nd Saturday of the month/per quarter

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Roth's Fresh Market

1130 Wallace Rd NW

Salem, OR 97304

Stephen Paisley, West Salem CERT Coordinator, at sspaisley74@gmail.com or

Roger Stevenson, Emergency Manager, City of Salem Fire Department, at 503-763-3331 or via email at: rstevenson@cityofsalem.net.

Cache 14A, Sunnyslope Neighborhood - Quarterly Meetings

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2nd Sunday of the month/per quarter (April 9; July 9; October 8)

2:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Sholom

1274 Cunningham Lane S

Salem. OR 97302

Lee Cowan by email at: tallleester@gmail.com or Dennis Chambers via email at: dennisc185@gmail.com

Grant Neighborhood CERT - Quarterly Meetings

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2nd Thursday of the months in the month of Jan, Apr, July, and Oct 2017

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Grant Community School Library

725 Market Street NE

Salem, OR 97301

Lola Hackett by email at: lolahackett@yahoo.com

East Lancaster (ELNA) CERT - Monthly Meetings

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Occurs the forth Thursday of every month.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

862 45th Ave NE

Salem, OR 97301

Jeff and Anna Lince at: ajlince@centurylink.net or Ralph and Dixie Taylor at: ralphdixietaylor@gmail.com.

Disaster Behavioral Health - Training (Day 1)

Over the course of two-days, learn from local and national experts how to lead and move forward after disasters.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$395

Northwest Wine Studies Center

Chemeketa Eola

Salem OR

Call 503-399-8179 or email skyla.kohlmeyer@chemeketa.edu

For more information about the Disaster Behavioral Health Conference please visit: http://threatmanagement.chemeketa.edu

Disaster Behavioral Health - Training (Day 2)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$395

Northwest Wine Studies Center

Chemeketa Eola

Salem OR

Call 503-399-8179 or email skyla.kohlmeyer@chemeketa.edu

For more information about the Disaster Behavioral Health Conference please visit: http://threatmanagement.chemeketa.edu

Salem CERT Coordinating Council - Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Occurs the second Thursday of every month.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Northwest Human Services

681 Center ST NE

Salem, OR 97301

Roger Stevenson, Emergency Manager, City of Salem Fire Department

at 503-763-3331 or via email at: rstevenson@cityofsalem.net.

South Gateway CERT - Monthly Meeting

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Occurs once a month on the 2nd Sunday of the month starting in January thru May 2017.

June - December TBD

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Meeting Hall

1770 Baxter RDd SE

Salem, OR 97306

Juli Stubblefield by email at: juli.momof4@yahoo.com

or call 503-508-1127.

NOTE: The meeting hall is not actually in the church, it is a separate building closest to Baxter Rd at the top of the hill.

East Lancaster (ELNA) CERT - Monthly Meetings

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Occurs the forth Thursday of every month.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

862 45th Ave NE

Salem, OR 97301

Jeff and Anna Lince at: ajlince@centurylink.net or Ralph and Dixie Taylor at: ralphdixietaylor@gmail.com.

Salem CERT Coordinating Council - Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Occurs the second Thursday of every month.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Northwest Human Services

681 Center ST NE

Salem, OR 97301

Roger Stevenson, Emergency Manager, City of Salem Fire Department

at 503-763-3331 or via email at: rstevenson@cityofsalem.net.

South Gateway CERT - Monthly Meeting

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Occurs once a month on the 2nd Sunday of the month starting in January thru May 2017.

June - December TBD

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Meeting Hall

1770 Baxter RDd SE

Salem, OR 97306

Juli Stubblefield by email at: juli.momof4@yahoo.com

or call 503-508-1127.

NOTE: The meeting hall is not actually in the church, it is a separate building closest to Baxter Rd at the top of the hill.

East Lancaster (ELNA) CERT - Monthly Meetings

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Occurs the forth Thursday of every month.

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

862 45th Ave NE

Salem, OR 97301

Jeff and Anna Lince at: ajlince@centurylink.net or Ralph and Dixie Taylor at: ralphdixietaylor@gmail.com.