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CERTCommunity Emergency Response Team - CERT

The City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services and York County Office of Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to residents.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations or workplaces in basic emergency response skills.

If a natural or man-made event overwhelms or delays the community's emergency responders, CERT members can assist their families and others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during CERT training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

Training covers the following subjects:

  • Disaster Preparedness 
  • Fire Safety and Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations - Assessment, Treatment, and Life Threatening Injuries 
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization
  • Animals In A Disaster
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT

Classes total 20 hours of instruction. This training is open to persons 18 and older. Pre- enrollment is necessary.

The CERT trained volunteers in York County number over 600.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations or workplace employees in basic emergency response skills.

If a natural or man-made event overwhelms or delays the community’s emergency responders, CERT members can assist their families and others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during CERT training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. Training covers such subjects as disaster preparedness, medical operations, search and rescue, emergency fire suppression and disaster psychology. Training classes total 20 hours of instruction with graduates participating in a mock emergency drill before graduation.

If you are interested in this training and times for the next class offering please contact: Mike Shanabrook, Emergency Planner at (717) 849-2441 or send an e-mail to mshanabr@yorkcity.org.