The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. You will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if Narragansett needed volunteers to supplement its response capability after a disaster, CERT members can be recruited to help with sheltering, Medication points of dispensing or other functions.
The CERT course is delivered in the community by a team of first responders who have the requisite knowledge and skills to instruct the sessions. The CERT training is delivered in 2 hour sessions, Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning March 25th. The training consists of the following:
• Session I, TEAM ORGANIZATION AND DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
• Session II, DISASTER & PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
• Session III, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
• Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS (Classroom): Participants learn about diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
• Session V, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II (Hands-on): Covers the hands on evaluation of patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
• Session VI, COMMUNICATIONS DURING DISASTERS: This unit discusses various communications systems and methods that are used by first responders and CERT during or before a disaster situation. It will also discuss various methods of alternate communications that can be used to assist or supplement operations. It will end with hands on demonstration of various radio communications systems and communications activities.
• Session VII, FINAL EXAM AND CERT RODEO: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.