Community Emergency Response Team

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. 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. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.  CERT members are NOT first responders but offer assistance to first responders when help is requested.


CERT training covers the following topics:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Special Needs Considerations in Rescue Situations
  • Team Organization
  • Terrorism



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

ATTIRE:  Please wear comfortable clothing, as you will be participating in various exercises.    You must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants for fire suppression training.

MEALS:  Classes can break for lunch or you can bring lunch.  Water and light snacks will be provided.

CLASS LENGTH:  The class can be covered over two days with an exercise at a later date.  Classes can be held two days during the week or on two Saturdays.

MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER FOR CLASS:  If you would like more information on CERT, please contact Sheila McCartney at 660-341-2592 or e-mail  You can also contact Marc Jefferson at the Kirksville Fire Department at 660-665-3734.

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