CERT Volunteer Program


Local governments prepare for emergencies. However, there are emergency situations that can overwhelm the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can be activated, there may be a delay in them getting to those who need it. The primary reason for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is to give people the decision-making and physical skills to offer immediate assistance to the community. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the fire department, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response tools that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

Training will teach participants to:
• Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
• Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response
• Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster
• Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces
• Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid
• Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
• Conduct triage under simulated conditions
• Perform head-to-toe assessments
• Select and set up a treatment area
• Employ basic treatments for various wounds
• Identify planning and size-up requirement for potential search and rescue situations
• Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure
• Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication
• Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue

Training is designed to cover the following:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Fire Safety
• Disaster Medical Operations - Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
• Light Search and Rescue
• Team Organization
• Disaster Psychology
• Terrorism and CERT
• Final Exercise