Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to educate participants and potential volunteers in disaster response skills for hazards near where they live or work.
CERT Basic Training
The City of Puyallup invites those who work or live in Puyallup to attend our next session of CERT classes. CERT Basic Training is led by the Puyallup Emergency Management Division. Eight classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, starting March 7 through March 30, 2023. The CERT curriculum includes:
Disaster Medical Operations - Part 1
Disaster Medical Operations - Part 2
Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Light Search and Rescue Operations
Terrorism and CERT
Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation
Students will complete an in-person skills check to practice skills such as fire suppression, basic medical aid, and light search and rescue. If you miss a class, you will need to arrange with instructors to make it up.
Upon successful completion of CERT Basic, participants may have the opportunity to join a CERT Team as a volunteer for the community. There are a wide range of ways that CERT volunteers help from administrative roles to on-the-ground activation in the event of an emergency.
Apply for CERT Basic Training
To participate in the 2023 CERT Basic Training, please print, complete, and return the CERT Participation Form. Please submit the participation form by February 22, 2023. For more information or questions, please email email@example.com.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. CERT became a national program in 1993. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories. Each is unique to its community. The CERT program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization. The videos below offer insight on CERT Teams in action.