CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team.  CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster.  When a widespread disaster strikes, emergency agencies are likely to be overwhelmed.  Emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away.  People may have to rely on each other for hours or even days.  By getting CERT training, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

In 95 percent of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene.  Would you know what to do?

CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.  Training is conducted by firefighters or other trained CERT leaders. 

Participants learn how to:

     Identify and anticipate hazards
     Reduce fire hazards in the home/workplace and extinguish small fires
     Conduct light search and rescue
     Set up medical treatment areas and apply basic medical techniques
     Help reduce survivor stress
     Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective

CERT members are also trained in life-saving skills with emphasis on decision-making ability, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.

Who should take CERT training?

     People interested in taking an active role in hometown preparedness
     Neighborhood Watch groups
     Community leaders
     Students, teachers, administrators and school staff
     Communities of faith
     Scouting and youth organizations
     Members of clubs and civic organizations

Points of Contact for CERT Programs in Jefferson County:

     Birmingham CERT Lt. Orlando Reynolds, Orlando.Reynolds@birminghamal.gov 205-785-1332
     Fultondale CERT Allen Thrush, allen.thrush.asdf@gmail.com 205-616-6082;
                                 Charles Bonasera, charlesbonasera@att.net 205-516-2688
     Irondale CERT B. J. Colvin, irondalecert@gmail.com 205-951-1408
     Trussville CERT John Griscom, jgriscom@charter.net 205-789-7362
     Vestavia Hills CERT- Nicole Zabriskie, vhcert@gmail.com 205-593-7291

To start a new CERT Program in your area, contact Annette Davis at Jefferson County EMA davisa@jccal.org 205-254-2039