What is CERT Training?

In the basic training course we deliver 24 hours of instruction (usually one 3-hour class per week for 8 weeks) that are a combination of classroom work and hands-on exercises. The course concludes with a simulated disaster in which the students demonstrate their skills with live victims. The topics covered in the eight sessions include:

Session 1: Disaster Preparedness, Hazard Mitigation, Local Vulnerabilities
Session 2: Fire Safety, Fire Suppression, Utility Controls
Session 3: Disaster Medical Operations, Part 1 (Triage, Life Saving Interventions)
Session 4: Light Search & Rescue Operations
Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations, Part 2 (Public Health & Hygiene, Head to Toe Assessment, Basic Treatments)
Session 6: Disaster Psychology & CERT Organization
Session 7: Table Top Exercise & Final Exam
Session 8: Final Exercise (Simulated Disaster Response)

To provide a great student experience, we keep the class size at 12-24 students, with enough classmates to form teams and still give every student plenty of instructor contact. Many common questions about the Whatcom CERT program are answered on our FAQ page.

Unit 1 reading: Disaster Preparedness (PDF, 0.61MB) and Terrorism & CERT (PDF, 0.32MB)