Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Being Offered in Bridgeport

By Shaunda Rauch on February 17, 2014 from Emergency Services Blog via

In 95% of all emergencies, the victim or bystander provides the first immediate assistance on the scene.  Would you know what to do?
Community Emergency Response Team is a training program that prepares YOU to help yourself; your family … neighbors … co-workers … community.  During an incident, emergency services personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away.  By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.  CERT teams are known and trusted resources that support emergency responders and their communities. 
Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] training has been scheduled for Bridgeport on:
Tuesday, March 4th from 8 – 2
Thursday, March 6th from 8 – 2
Tuesday, March 11th from 8 – noon
[Note: You must attend all three training sessions to complete the CERT program.]
The classes will be held at the Bridgeport Fire Department, 131 West Main Street, Bridgeport.
To register for this FREE training opportunity, please complete the registration form below and forward to Laura Pysz at or by fax at (304) 842-8267.
The Benefits of CERT Training
CERT training takes about 20 hours to complete and provides critical skills in emergency preparedness and response.
Participants learn how to:
·         Identify and anticipate hazards
·         Reduce fire hazards in the workplace
·         Extinguish small fires
·         Assist emergency responders
·         Conduct light search and rescue
·         Set up treatment areas
·         Apply basic medical techniques
·         Help reduce survivor stress
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
Looking For More Information on CERT:
The CERT training consists of:
·         Session I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
·         Session II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
·         Session III, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
·         Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
·         Session V, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and, most important, rescuer safety.
·         Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
·         Session VII, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.
Tuesday, March 4th from 8 – 2
Thursday, March 6th from 8 – 2
Tuesday, March 11th from 8 – noon
Bridgeport Fire Department, 131 West Main Street, Bridgeport
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NOTE:             Email address is required as confirmation and class information will be sent to the student via email.
Fax, email or mail registration form to:
Laura Pysz
Bridgeport Dept of Emergency Services
515 West Main Street, Bridgeport, WV 26330
304-842-8239 (Office)     304-842-8267 (Fax)            

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