Where to Get Free CERT Training
As we pointed out in a previous entry, you can access a list of CERT organizations by visiting the Citizen Corps website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ and clicking on the box that says, “Find nearby CERTs.” If you don’t find an organization nearby, you can start your own individual CERT training right now, online!
The CERT Basics Course, called IS-317, is made up of six modules (17 lessons). It can be found at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/training_mat.shtm#IS317. There is no cost to take the training.
Here is a list of the modules and lessons:
Module 1: CERT Basics
Lesson 1-0: Course Overview
Lesson 1-1: CERT Overview
Lesson 1-2: Family and Workplace Preparedness
Lesson 1-3: CERT Organization
Module 2: Fire Safety
Lesson 2-1: Introduction to Fire Safety
Lesson 2-2: Fire Hazards in the Home and Workplace
Lesson 2-3: Safe Fire Suppression
Module 3: Hazardous Materials and Terrorist Incidents
Lesson 3-1: Introduction to Special Situations
Lesson 3-2: Hazardous Materials Safety
Lesson 3-3: Terrorism and CERT
Module 4: Disaster Medical Operations
Lesson 4-1: Introduction to Disaster Medical Operations
Lesson 4-2: Principles and Guidelines for Victim Care
Lesson 4-3: Disaster Psychology
Module 5: Search and Rescue
Lesson 5-1: Introduction to Light Search and Rescue
Lesson 5-2: Search Operations
Lesson 5-3: Rescue Operations
Module 6: Course Summary
Lesson 6-1: Finishing Up
While this on line training is good and something you want every member of your team to complete at a minimum, nothing can take the place of hands-on training where it is available.
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