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Metro Fire CERT Training

The Community Emergency Response Team, or "CERT," was established in 2003. The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District was the first agency in the Sacramento Region to establish a CERT program. Metro Fire continues to be a leader in the region through its use of Professional Responders as subject matter experts during training modules and willingness to incorporate the CERT program into the emergency operations within the District.

Metro Fire offers citizens the full FEMA Community Emergency Response Team training. The CERT training consists of 24 hours of lecture and hands-on skill training to assist in preparing citizens to take care of themselves, their family and if they choose their neighborhood during a catastrophic event. Currently, the Metro Fire CERT training is held quarterly over the course of two weeks – two Thursday evenings and two Saturdays and is offered free to all citizens who live or work in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County including the cities of Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. Teenagers age 13-17 are welcome with an adult or guardian.CERT

Citizens who complete the basic 24-hour CERT training have the choice of becoming a member of the Metro Fire CERT program. As a member, participants are eligible to attend additional training including Wildland Urban Interface, Flood/Swiftwater Awareness and Hazardous Materials First Responder Awareness modules

Metro Fire CERT members have become an invaluable affiliated volunteer arm of Metro Fire and have served in numerous capacities including staffing the Sacramento County Emergency Operation Center, Sacramento County Sand Bag Stations and as a resource to other Public Safety agencies along with volunteering numerous hours within the communities during Operation River Safe, Smoke Detector and Battery Installation programs and community events serving as Outreach liaisons and Stand-By First Aid. Metro Fire CERT members also assist with the deployment of the Sacramento Urban Search & Rescue Task Force (CA TF-7).

The Metro Fire CERT Training Includes:

What your local risks are and what you need to do to prepareHow to manage utilities, hazardous materials, and put out small fires using the appropriate Fire ExtinguisherHow to use "START Triage" and how to treat the "Three Medical Killers" by: opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shockHow to provide basic medical aidHow to effectively search for and rescue victims safelyHow to organize yourself and spontaneous volunteers to be effective as a team and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder effortsDisaster PsychologyTerrorism

For more information or to register for an upcoming training, call the CERT messaging system at (916)[masked] or email the Metro Fire CERT Program at [masked].


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Well said Jeff. I agree and this only makes me want more. It was a great appetizer.

    October 20, 2013

  • Jeffery B

    Congratulation to everyone how came out for the class. We learned a lot and just think this was the tip of the Iceberg. The drill we had left me feeling like O my God what am I doing!!!! It was great that we could see and train for what would happen. It goes to show you that getting out and training will help up all for when the real thing comes.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good start: a little too much time spent on "past disasters". Reading assignment is daunting!

    October 11, 2013

  • Diane R.

    Very good meeting. Looking forward to the next class.

    October 11, 2013

  • Jeffery B

    Day one had a lot of information about what CERT was and what kind of train you can get if you move on to level 2 & 3. Great teaching on how to get ready for a disaster.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    High spirited instructors, I am excited to get to the next class.

    October 10, 2013

  • Dave C.

    sorry I won't be able to make this event...
    I guess I'll have to try next quarter when it comes around again...

    October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The best person to call and ask your questions to is Betty at[masked]

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Carol S.

    I live in placer county. ok or not

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Same question: I live in Sac city....

    October 3, 2013

  • Nysia E.

    What if we live in Lincoln?

    October 2, 2013

  • Jeffery B

    Just fyi – the first Thursday evening of the class for whatever reason, there is ALWAYS traffic issues that folks have to deal with in trying to make it to class at 6:00 PM – DON’T FRET – make it there safely and just as soon as you can and try not to drive angry!

    Course Location: City of Citrus Heights (Bldg next to Citrus Heights City Hall in the same complex as the Citrus Heights PD – across the street from SAMS club) 7117 Greenback Lane (corner of Fountain Square and Greenback Lane) If you are entering the parking lot off of Fountain Square – go left and look for the Metro Fire CERT rig (modified ambulance), Citrus Heights What to Bring:Yourself!!, Pen/Pencil for notes (we will provide the notebook and all course materials), Snack/Water – I always was starving when I arrived for training so please feel free to bring snacks and drinks.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another bit of information, the original flyer stated the class is on 10/3/13. That was changed to begin on 10/10/13. I clarified this with the coordinator of the CERT training.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello BaldEagle, as I understand it there is still room in this class. I recommend you call Betty at[masked], talk with her about getting into the class and she will send you the forms to fill out via e-mail. I hope to see you there:)

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just called the CERT people and found out that my name was not on her list even though I registered several months ago. I called to find out if she had planned to send out any info. So glad I called, so I'm ok. I would recommend that if you think you have registered and have not received an email from her, call her. [masked]

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Placer county, can I attend the CERT for free as well??

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I registered a few months ago.

    September 7, 2013

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