Sign Up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

​​Your community needs your help. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains volunteers to assist their communities when a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response. Become a member by contacting the City of Salem Fire Department’s Emergency Manager.

CERT Members

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, response team 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 to increase their skills.

Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

Learn valuable skills

  • Types of hazards most likely to affect your homes and communities
  • The function of CERT and your role in immediate response
  • How to prepare you and your neighbors for a disaster
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your homes and workplaces
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression to extinguish small fires
  • How to use basic first aid for various injuries
  • How to apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
  • How to conduct triage, perform head-to-toe assessments, and to set up a treatment area
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations
  • Common techniques for searching a structure
  • Safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication
  • Ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue

How do I sign up?

  • Contact the City Emergency Manager to learn more or sign up.
  • You will need to complete a CERT training course.
    • Courses consist of a series of classes, which are usually three hours each.
    • Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.
    • See the training schedule below, or download a printable version of the training schedule.

All CERT classes require pre-registration. Some classes are open to the public. Some classes are for residents of a specific area or members of a community group.


Course: Community Emergency Response Team Training (May 2018)

This course of classes is open to the public. It is hosted by Salem Alliance Church.

Class dates

May 12, May 19, June 2, June 9, and June 16, 2018
(Saturdays; no class on May 26)

Time

8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location

Broadway Commons, Africa Room (#303)
1300 Broadway Street NE, Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301

Instructor

Terry Pickett

Cost

Free

Register

To register, contact Lola Hackett at [email protected].


Course: Community Emergency Response Team Training (September)

This course of classes is open to the public. It is hosted by Salem YMCA.

Class dates

September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, and October 23

Time

 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Location

Salem YMCA
685 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Instructor

Terry Pickett

Cost

Free

Register

To register, contact Lola Hackett at [email protected].

Calendar of events
Jul. 17
Morningside CERT Bimonthly Meeting6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th ST SE
Salem OR
Jul. 19
Grant Neighborhood CERT Quarterly Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Grant Cache
SE corner of Broadway ST NE and Gaines ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Aug. 09
Community Emergency Response Team Coordinating Council Meeting6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Northwest Human Services
681 Center ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Sep. 13
Community Emergency Response Team Coordinating Council Meeting6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Northwest Human Services
681 Center ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Sep. 18
Morningside CERT Bimonthly Meeting6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th ST SE
Salem OR
Oct. 11
Community Emergency Response Team Coordinating Council Meeting6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Northwest Human Services
681 Center ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Oct. 13
West Salem CERT Quarterly Meeting9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.Roth’s Fresh Markets
1130 Wallace RD NW
Salem OR 97304
Oct. 18
Grant Neighborhood CERT Quarterly Meeting6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.Grant Community School Library
725 Market ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Nov. 08
Community Emergency Response Team Coordinating Council Meeting6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Northwest Human Services
681 Center ST NE
Salem OR 97301
Nov. 20
Morningside CERT Bimonthly Meeting6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th ST SE
Salem OR

Download a printable version of the events schedule.


Contact us

Gregory WalshEmergency Manager
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
595 Cottage ST NE
Salem OR 97301