The Significance of CERT Training
The City of Beaverton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a major emergency or disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using CERT training to save lives and protect property.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 9-1-1. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
Skills You Will Learn
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. 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
- Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
- Provide basic medical aid
- Search for and rescue victims safely
- Treat the three main medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
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