CERT Training Program Overview
The Cosumnes CSD Fire Departments CERT Program is a tuition-free class developed due to the growing need for a well-trained, civilian workforce. The CERT program provides members of the community with the knowledge and skills necessary to be self-sufficient in the event of a major disaster or emergency. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders and also provide immediate assistance to disaster victims. CERT members will work in teams and assist with directing other volunteers in the initial phase of the emergency. CERT members may also by alerted to assist and participate in other non-emergency projects to help improve the safety of our community.
To become a CERT graduate, you must be 16 years of age, possess a valid California Drivers License, and complete the 24 hour course (Level 3). Level 3 training is taught by your CERT qualified instructors. This course is followed by continuing education classes, namely bi-annual refresher training.
A Level 1 Class is also offered for those who are interested in becoming a First Responder. A Level 1 CERT member will be trained with over 40 hours of advanced first aid training, CPR, AED, etc. Tuition: Student workbook (Free to borrow, otherwise check with instruction for pricing) and certificate ($10).
CERT Level 3 "Core CERT" - CERT Core Training is your opportunity to become a trained member of Elk Grove / Galt CERT, the communities preparedness program. Participants in this 18-hour series of classes will learn how to develop neighborhood teams, cross-trained in basic emergency skills. Each class emphasizes a set of skills that will be practiced during a hands-on drill at the last class.
Advanced CERT Level 2 Introduction to Disaster Services, "Shelter Fundamentals, and Volunteer Orientation" - A 7 hour class instructed by the American Red Cross in the areas of 1) Introduction to Disaster Services 2) Shelter Fundamentals and 3) Volunteer Orientation. You will also need to complete 2 FEMA on-line independent study courses and submit a DOJ background check.
Advanced CERT Level 1 "First Responder" - Our First Responder course is designed for CERT members to learn advanced medical skills in the event they are on-scene of a disaster or emergency in their community. Students will apply the fundamental skills and knowledge required to function as a First Responder.
Advanced Training - Elk Grove / Galt CERT provides additional Advanced Training such as CPR- Professional Rescuer and AED, Water Safety & Rescue, HAZMAT, Radio Communications and Animal Rescue.
Note: Courses will be available for registration approximately 90 days before start of course.