Parker County CERT
eMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICER FOR OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES KIT MARSHALL VIDEO
Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
For more information read more about the citizens corps.
Looking for an opportunity to receive free training that can make a difference in an emergency or disaster?
The 30-hour Basic CERT classes are held twice a year; in the Spring and Fall. Parker County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes for the fall of 2022 have been set. One must attend all days to receive a certificate that will span the following dates:
Thursday October 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday October 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday October 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday October 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The classes will be held at the Emergency Management Building at 215 Trinity Street, Weatherford on the north side of the Weatherford Farmer’s Market.
Kit Marshall, Parker County Emergency Management Officer, said that CERT is an all-hazard training designed to help residents help themselves, family, friends and neighbors in an emergency situation.
“CERT volunteers are trained in basic disaster skills to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger,” Marshall said. “The level of training equips CERT members to assist during a disaster until professional fire, police and EMS arrive on scene which could be anywhere from a couple of minutes to hours, depending on the situation.”
Topics to be taught are as follows:
Unit 1….Emergency Preparedness
Unit 2….Fire Safety
Unit 3…Medical ops 1
Unit 4…Medical ops 2
Unit 5… Light Search and Rescue
Unit 6… CERT organization
Unit 7…Disaster Psychology
Unit 8…CERT and Terrorism
Unit 9….wrap up, test, and exercise
CPR/AED and Stop the Bleed
For more information or to sign up contact Kit Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Parker County Office of Emergency Services at 817-598-0969.
You will complete paperwork on the first day. Bring pen and paper; we will provide the book and other training supplies.
Let us know if youhave any questions!
Community Emergency Response Teams
Parker County government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help us protect ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our county in an emergency situation.
CERT will be a group of volunteers at least 18 years of age trained specifically to be able to function as first responders during a disaster until professional fire, police and EMS units arrive on the scene which could range from a couple of minutes to hours.
CERT training promotes partnership between emergency service providers and the community they serve. CERT members will be worked into the emergency response capabilities of the county and six will be utilized as such.
CERT Volunteers are trained to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger.
CERT training is free to all volunteers.
CERT’s primary mission is to take care of ourselves and then the residents of the county in the event first responders are overwhelmed.
CERT can become a tremendous resource to the emergency responders, and also the county.
CERT volunteers will be trained and will serve in a variety of emergency roles, including but not limited to:
- Emergency Preparedness/Public Education
- Fire Suppression
- First Aid
- Public Health/PODs
- Search and Rescue
- Incident Command
- Disaster Psychology
- Stop the Bleed
Additional training may include: Damage Assessment, EOC functions, and other related topics.