Emergency volunteers carrying supplies

Volunteers Make It Through CERT Training for Emergency Response

man putting out a grill fire with a fire extinguisher

Fifteen volunteers spent a recent weekend learning how to use a fire extinguisher, apply a tourniquet to control bleeding, splint an arm or leg and other essential emergency response skills.  

The hands-on training was part of the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

CERT teaches people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

In April, The Raleigh Fire Department and the NC Department of Public Safety announced they were bringing back the CERT program. 

The group who trained at the Fire Department's Keeter Center on June 5 is the first class of the re-started program. Of the 15 volunteers who attended, 10 will be joining the Raleigh CERT group, said Fire Prevention Coordinator Lemuel Hubbard

They will have their first meeting in July and volunteer with fire education events. 

During training, volunteer practices how to do an arm splint. 

Group looks at cutouts of people with injuries on them during CERT training. Based on the injury the groups has to decide which injuries are most life threatening. 

Volunteer uses a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire during CERT training.

About CERT

Community Emergency Response Teams in Action

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created under President Jimmy Carter by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.