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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 is conducting a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course. 2018 Classes will be held according to the schedule below from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held at Fire Station 35, 535 Glenn Drive. Preference is given to Folsom residents and those that work in the City of Folsom. Contact the Folsom CERT Volunteer line at 916-533-4116 or by email at for further information.

 There is no cost for the class and each participant will receive a CERT backpack and personal protective equipment needed for this hands-on curriculum. Participants must be over the age of 18 and course material will include:

March 20: Intro to CERT/Disaster Preparedness
March 27: Fire Safety
April 5: Disaster Medical Ops 1
April 10: Disaster Medical Ops 2
April 17: Light Search and Rescue
April 19: CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology
April 24: Terrorism and CERT/Review
April 26: 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.