Bainbridge Island CERT

Join your neighbors and become an emergency volunteer as a member of the Bainbridge Island CERT! As Team Lead Victor Cheng explains above, the CERT program teaches citizens basic emergency skills and educates to effectively and efficiently respond to events or a disaster as a part of a team. The program has been established in many wide ranging communities throughout the country, and here on Bainbridge Island, we look forward to following others in providing a complimentary response to our first responders.

CERT training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors, in the event of a disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can help to make a difference using CERT training to save lives and protect property.

What does CERT training include?

CERT training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. This training offers the ability to guide CERT members to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people, both during and after a disaster, while protecting yourself from harm.

The CERT program provides an effective community first response capability to our community. Acting as individuals first, then as members of a team, trained CERT volunteers can assess assigned areas, extinguish small fires, turn off natural gas inlets to damaged homes, performing light search and rescue, and render basic medical treatment to those in need. Trained volunteers also offer an important potential workforce to service organizations in non-hazardous functions, such as shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation events.

How to join

Bainbridge Island CERT is always looking for new volunteers to join the team. Volunteers are required to attend a 24 hour training course – these classes are free to all residents or employees of Bainbridge Island, who are 18 years or older.

The CERT basic training course covers these topics: Disaster Preparedness; Fire Safety and Utility Control; Disaster Medical Operations (i.e. Triage, Treating Burns, Splinting, etc.); Light Search and Rescue Operations; Disaster Psychology; CERT Organization; Terrorism and CERT. These classes are taught by CERT instructors alongside subject matter experts.

CERT Basic classes are held in the Spring and Fall, with refresher trainings for current CERT members bi-monthly throughout the year. Refresher trainings cover topics such as: Traffic Control, Grid Search, Fire Rehab, Electrical Safety, Stop the Bleed, Warming/Shelter Fundamentals and more. Please check this link for the upcoming calendar.

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