Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an opportunity for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities to learn valuable basic skills needed during an emergency.
Whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself and your family, your neighborhood, or taking an active role in community preparedness, the CERT training will help increase your confidence and provide peace of mind.
Spring 2024 Training Classes
Thank you for your interest in the CERT program. The Basic Training class consists of seven sessions and a final drill; all eight sessions must be attended to receive a course completion certificate and to participate in activities and further training with the CERT Clark County, WA group. Minimum age is 18, or 17 with an adult. There is no maximum age. The fee for the class is $35 per person; all participants must be Clark County residents.
The dates for our two spring classes are listed below. Registration for both classes will open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Additional details will be posted in February, so please check back. Applications and payment will not be accepted prior to March 19th.
People of all skills and abilities are encouraged to participate. If I may answer any questions, feel free to contact me.
Class 1 - Vancouver
Class 2 - Battle Ground/Camas
Evening classes will be held 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Thank you to Vancouver Fire District, Clark County Fire District 6, and Clark County Fire District 3 for their support of
CERT, Clark County, WA!
CERT Training requires a commitment of 24+ hours for classroom and field training, along with approximately one hour of reading homework each week, culminating in a final field exercise.
Registrants must pass a background check and sign a code of conduct.
Classes are typically offered one night a week and include two Saturday sessions; attendance is required at all classes for certification.
The following topics are included in each CERT Basic Training Class:
Session 1: Intro to CERT & Basic Emergency Preparedness
Session 2: CERT Organization & Disaster Communications
Session 3: Disaster Psychology & Terrorism
Session 4: Fire Safety & Utility Controls and Light Search & Rescue Operations
Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations 1
Session 6: Disaster Medical Operations 2
Session 7: CERT in Clark Co. -- the Practical Application
Session 8: Final Drill
Through their participation in neighborhood activities and events, they assist in preparedness outreach and public education.
CERT volunteers help build relationships between the community and emergency responders.
The CERT program educates volunteers of all ages, ranging from stay-at-home parents, students, seniors, and individuals working full-time in how to prepare for the hazards that may impact their area and how to assist their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.
CERT volunteers are trained to:
Check on the safety and well-being of their neighbors
Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher
Conduct light urban search and rescue
Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to survivors
Organize and direct other individuals who offer assistance
CERT Deployment & Activation
As we continue to build our CERT program and increase our pool of CERT volunteers, we are partnering with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in its efforts to build community resiliency in Clark County. Through public outreach activities and events, and group presentations on emergency preparedness, we endeavor to show people how they can work together to support themselves and each other in the event of a disaster.
Here are links to additional resources for Emergency Preparedness information:
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) https://www.cresa911.org/162/Emergency-Preparedness
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts https://member.everbridge.net/453003085616336/login
Emergency Management Alerts & Warnings https://www.cresa911.org/206/Alert-And-Warning
Disasters & Emergencies https://www.ready.gov/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html
Thank you to our sponsoring agencies and organizations!
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)
Clark County Fire District 6
Vancouver Fire Dept.
Clark Cowlitz Fire Rescue
Clark County Fire District 3
Citizen Corps Clark County, WA