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Community Emergency Response Team

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 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.

CERT training takes about 24 hours to complete, typically one evening a week for two months, and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.  Training is conducted by first responders or other trained CERT instructors.  

Participants learn how to:

  • Identify and anticipate hazards

  • Prepare themselves and their families for various hazards

  • Reduce fire hazards in the home/workplace and extinguish small fires

  • Conduct light search and rescue

  • Triage patients in a mass casualty incident

  • 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

  • Parents

  • Students, teachers, administrators and school staff

  • Communities of faith

  • Scouting and youth organizations

  • Businesses

  • Members of clubs and civic organizations

CERT Points of Contact are listed to the right.  If you don't see a CERT program near your town, please contact Chris Tate at Jefferson County EMA – tatec@jccal.org – 205-254-2039 to learn about how to start up a CERT program in your area.  Jefferson County EMA assists with coordinating the program, however teams are managed by a team leader within their respective community.

Points of Contact for CERT Programs in Jeffco:

 

Bessemer CERT

Capt. Carlton Jackson

cdjackson@bessemeral.org

205-428-5151 ext. 115

Birmingham CERT

Lt. Orlando Reynolds

orlando.reynolds@birminghamal.gov

205-785-1332

Concord CERT

Bill Wicks

billwicks1966@gmail.com

Westside CERT

(Fairfield / West Jefferson areas)

Kathy Scarbrough

kgscarbrough@yahoo.com

205-492-6278

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

McAdory CERT

Darrin Jarvis

refuel@bellsouth.net

205-746-7665

Samford University CERT

Cindy Berry

cgberry@samford.edu

205-726-2924

Springville/Argo CERT

Janet McCown

jvmcert1@gmail.com

205-253-0298

Trussville CERT

Asst. Chief Keith McLaughlin

kmclaughlin@trussvillefire.com

205-655-0491

Vestavia Hills CERT

Nicole Zabriskie

vhcert@gmail.com

205-593-7291