Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Class
CERT stands for Community Emergency
Response Team. The program has been developed by the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department
and is designed for the citizens of the City. The basic premise of the program is based on
the not-so-well-known reality that in the event of a large-scale disaster, it is very
possible that the typical emergency service workers that you rely on during the day-to-day
norm may not be available to assist you immediately, as you might normally expect. This is
simply a supply-and-demand issue. As with many facets of life, it is necessary to
prioritize the large number of emergencies that may occur during a major disaster. It is
suspected that in the event of a disaster, your emergency professionals will be dealing
with what are considered high level emergencies and will be unable to respond
to low or moderate level emergencies for 48 to 72 hours.
Thats where you and CERT comes in.
The primary intent of the program is two fold. First, it is to assist our customers in
learning basic preparedness skills for all types of disasters. The second primary
component of the program is to teach team concepts so that those trained in the CERT
program can assist others if they so chose. The course is an 20-hour class that is taught
during four evening sessions and one Saturday morning. Generally, it is limited to the
citizens or business owners of San Luis Obispo, but occasionally there is available space
for individuals who reside outside of the city.
There are two primary philosophies
brought forth in the presentation of the CERT program that are important to point out. The
first, is that we believe that you learn by doing. As such, approximately five
to six hours of the course are manipulative or hands-on type of training. If
you think you might not be able to do this, you might want to reconsider. Weve had
people in their 80s and people in wheelchairs successfully, and enthusiastically,
complete the course. The second belief is that we think its crucial to have fun
while youre learning. So, if youre a real serious person and you never like to
laugh, this class might not be for you. However, if you dont mind laughing a bit,
you might just have some fun while taking this class.
Even though we like to have fun, we
also fully recognize the seriousness of the subject matter that the San
Luis Obispo City Fire Department is presenting to its customers through
this program. Although many people intend to become better prepared “one
day,” very few actually do. Here, at the Fire Department, we commend the
813 plus previous graduates of the program for their
commitment to their families and their community. In the very near future, it is our hope
that we can commend you as well for successfully making the same commitment. In doing so,
we can assure you that your sense of security and self-reliance will be greatly enhanced,
and well worth your time, commitment, and effort.
During the first class
session, you will have an overview of the CERT concept and learn basic disaster
preparedness skills and utility control. The second class teaches you firefighting skills,
hazardous materials and terrorism awareness. The third class is spent entirely with emergency
medicine issues. The fourth class provides instruction on light search-and-rescue
techniques. The fifth class, which is on Saturday morning, provides an opportunity for you
to practice, in a very real setting, the skills that youve learned in the classroom.
The classes are
held at Fire Station Number One, which is located at 2160 Santa Barbara Street,
San Luis Obispo (at the corner of Broad, South, and Santa Barbara).
Starting October 9th,
16th, 23rd, 30th and November 2nd, 2013
There is a $60
materials fee for San Luis Obispo residents and $85 for non-residents
that provide you with a student manual and a "CERT bag" filled with
essential items for use in an emergency.
How To Sign Up
To reserve you space, you
can register online at
www.slocity.org/parksand recreation or in person at the Parks and
Recreation Administrative Office located at 1341 Nipomo St., SLO.
This class is limited to 30 students.
Pre-registration is a must.