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Community Emergency Response Course (CERT)

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training

Disasters can severely restrict and overwhelm emergency responders, and in some cases communities can be cut off from outside emergency support. Community Emergency  Response Team (CERT) training teaches community members how to prepare for emergencies. Team members learn to take care of themselves and to help others in their communities until first responders arrive. 
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Next CERT Class

Longmont Office of Emergency Management's next class starts March 13, 2020.

If you would like to be placed on the next notification list for the CERT Basic Training class please contact the Longmont Public Safety - Office of Emergency Management by email or by phone at (303) 774-3793.

CERT Course Overview

Minimum age to attend is 18-years-old. Group size is 15-30 students. We would prefer those who live and/or work in Longmont.

In major disasters local rescuers can quickly become inundated with hundreds of calls, and in worse case scenarios help could be hours or days away. Join the Longmont Department of Public Safety to learn the fundamentals of emergency preparedness. CERT training empowers community members to assist themselves, their families, neighbors, and the community before, during, and after disasters. This basic course will include the components necessary to get you started and capable of performing basic CERT functions.

CERT training is offered to anyone in the community over the age of 18, while we highly encourage joining the CERT team, students are not required to join the team to receive this training.

CERT Course Summary

Unit 1: Intro / Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2: Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations Part I
Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations Part II
Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
Unit 6: CERT Organization
Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
Unit 9: Course Review, Final Exam
Graduation Disaster Simulation Exercise


To volunteer as a Longmont Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member after course completion

If you are in need of accommodations (such as sign language) to attend the basic CERT class, please contact the event coordinator to make arrangements no less than five business days prior to the event.

For additional information about either the basic class or the CERT volunteer program please email or call (303) 651-8438.
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