Daisy Mountain Fire will facilitate free Community Emergency Response Team training

NEW RIVER – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training was developed by the Department of Homeland Security for Local Community Preparedness, these 24 hours of training is provided free of charge.

This class is tailored to the Phoenix area and more specifically, the Daisy Mountain communities. Training is open to anyone who is at least 18-years-old.

The class schedule will be on Thursday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks beginning on March 7, at Daisy Mountain Fire Station 141, 43814 N. New River Road. Registration is required.

First aid training facilitated by Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical's CERT Training course. Photo courtesy of DMFM
First aid training facilitated by Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical’s CERT Training course. Photo courtesy of DMFM

You must attend all 8 sessions to receive a certificate of completion. There is also a ninth evening of class for anyone who needs to makeup a missed class.

CERT Training will teach participants to:

  1. Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  2. Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
  3. Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
  4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
  5. Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  7. Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  8. Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  9. Select and set up a treatment area.
  10. Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  11. Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  12. Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  13. Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  14. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency began promoting nationwide use of CERT concepts in 1994. In 2004, Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical formed its own CERT to assist the communities of Anthem, Black Canyon City, Desert Hills and New River.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

This training doesn’t obligate you to anything, but some students wish to become affiliated with DMFD and join our deployable team, which will be discussed during the class.

To register go to: https://goo.gl/r79fv1.  For more information contact Paul Schickel at 623-465-7400 x202 or by email at Paul.Schickel@DMFD.org.