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The Lancaster County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is an organization formed by community members to support Lancaster County Emergency Services, and partner agencies, in managing emergencies. This program is part of the federal Citizen Corps programs and uses standardized training topics and materials based upon the national curriculum. Members of the C.E.R.T. program are trained in disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical triage and basic medical care, light search and rescue, damage assessment, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness. Those who complete the training are issued equipment to allow members to assist in an emergency.

Upcoming training events can be found on our events page.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program is approximately 20 hours and includes the following modules:

Disaster Preparedness – 2.5 hours

  • Introductions and Overview 
  • Community Preparedness: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Hazards and Their Potential Impact 
  • Impact on the Infrastructure
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness 
  • Reducing the Impact of Hazards Through Mitigation
  • CERT Disaster Response
  • Protection for Disaster Workers 
  • Additional Training for CERTs 
  • Unit Summary

Fire Safety and Utility Controls – 2.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Fire and Utility Hazards
  • CERT Sizeup
  • Fire Sizeup Considerations 
  • Firefighting Resources 
  • Fire Suppression Safety
  • Hazardous Materials 
  • Exercise: Suppressing Small Fires
  • Unit Summary

Disaster Medical Operations – 5.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Triage
  • Public Health Considerations 
  • Functions of Disaster Medical Operations 
  • Establishing Medical Treatment Areas 
  • Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
  • Treating Burns
  • Wound Care
  • Treating Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, and Strains
  • Nasal Injuries
  • Treating Cold-Related Injuries
  • Treating Heat-Related Injuries
  • Bites and Stings
  • Unit Summary

Light Search and Rescue – 2.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Safety During Search and Rescue Operations
  • Conducting Interior and Exterior Search Operations
  • Conducting Rescue Operations
  • Unit Summary

CERT Organization – 1.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview 
  • CERT Organization 
  • CERT Mobilization
  • Documentation 
  • Activity: ICS Functions 
  • Activity: Tabletop Exercise 
  • Unit Summary

Disaster Psychology – 1.0 hour

  • Introduction and Unit Overview 
  • Disaster Trauma 
  • Team Well-Being 
  • Working with Survivors’ Trauma 
  • Unit Summary

Terrorism and CERT – 2.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview 
  • What Is Terrorism? 
  • Terrorist Targets 
  • Terrorist Weapons 
  • CBRNE Indicators 
  • Preparing at Home, Work, and in Your Neighborhood 
  • CERTs and Terrorist Incidents 
  • Activity: Applying CERT Principles to a Suspected Terrorist Incident 
  • Unit Summary

Exam and Exercise – 2.5 hours

  • Introduction and Unit Overview
  • Course Review 
  • Final Exam 
  • Disaster Simulation Exercise
  • Critique and Summary
Upon completion of training, CERT members receive equipment to be used in an emergency. This equipment includes:

  • 16″ CERT Green Backpack with CERT Logo
  • CERT ANSI Class 2 – All Weather Polyester Safety Vest with CERT Logo
  • CERT Hard Hat Helmet in CERT Green with CERT Logo
  • Pair of Leather Work Gloves
  • Chemical Splash Goggles
  • N95 Filtration Mask
  • Pair of Nitrile Exam Gloves
  • Rayovac Stainless Steel LED Flashlight includes batteries and a lifetime warranty
  • 12 Hour Chemical Light Stick
  • Yellow Lead Free Marking Crayon
  • Emergency Survival Blanket
  • 10″ Locking Pliers
  • Emergency Whistle with Lanyard
  • Roll of Duct Tapecert_field_operating_guide_cover_1055_detailcert_all_weather_forms_book_cover_780_detail
  • Dynarex 2″ x 2″ Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Dynarex 4″ x 4: Sterile Gauze Pads
  • Dynarex 2″ Gauze Rolls
  • Morrison Medical 12″ Disposable Splint
  • Dynarex Triangular Bandage
  • Rite in the Rain CERT All-Weather Forms Book
  • Rite in the Rain CERT All-Weather Field Operating Guide
CERT members volunteers to assist their community during emergencies and disasters. As persons entrusted to public service, members must meet the following criteria:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be of good moral character (background checks may be required)
• Be able to perform the duties for which they are assigned (many opportunities are available with varying degrees of physical ability required)
• Be willing to serve the community on short notice and potentially for long duration