The City's next CERT training class is to be determined. Contact the Folsom CERT Volunteer line at (916) 492-6118 or by email at Folsomcert@folsom.ca.us for further information. No Cost. Each participant will receive a CERT backpack and personal protective equipment needed for this hands-on curriculum. (Must be 18 or older.)
Ever wondered what you would do in an emergency situation? What if you could plan ahead to mitigate the consequences of an emergency or help others that were injured? Would you like to assist first responders during or following a disaster? You can.
The City of Folsom in conjunction with the Folsom Police Department and Fire Department regularly conducts Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for the public. The program consists of 8 weeks of instruction, conducted during a 3 hour class (6:00 to 9:00 PM) on Tuesday nights here in Folsom. The program culminates with a disaster simulation to test the skills of the volunteer citizens. The class is open to the public and covers the following topics.
Unit 1: Intro to CERT/Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2: Fire Safety
Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations (Part 1)
Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations (Part 2)
Unit 5: Light Search & Rescue Operations
Unit 6/7: CERT Organization & Disaster Psych
Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT Review
Unit 9: Disaster Simulation Exercise
After completion of this 24 hour training course, the citizen is trained to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders can arrive. This includes teaching disaster preparedness and mitigation. Most importantly, our mission is to provide meaningful follow-up training and volunteer opportunities to enhance the citizen's education and the communities we serve.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 after some devastating earthquakes in Japan, Mexico, and California. The goal was to develop multi-functional volunteer response teams with the ability to perform basic fire suppression, light search and rescue and first aid that would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. As a result of September 11, 2001, CERT was selected as one of the primary programs of President George W. Bush's new Citizen Corps. In 2005 the CERT program became part of the Department of Homeland Security.