CERT Program Adults/Teens

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERT’s have been established in hundreds of communities.

EMSS 715 – Community Emergency Response Team Training
Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) is a series of classes held at the Wildwood Campus of St. Louis Community College that prepares the participant to help them self, their family, coworkers, and neighbors in the event of a crisis in their community. Through this interesting eight-week series of classes participants learn about emergency preparedness and receive training in basic response skills such as fire safety, team organization, terrorism, disaster psychology, disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Once participants have completed the eight classes they will conclude with a full-scale disaster exercise (off-campus) that will put what they have learned to work in a real-life tornado simulation. Once complete the participant will be able to join a local St. Louis Area CERT program to continue supporting helping in times where volunteers are needed.


Register: Call St. Louis Community College at 314-984-7777 to sign up.  Fall classes begin September 2018 and registration is now open (see full schedule below)

CERT’s Goal

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 response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies. CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base. Finally, CERT members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness. Target Audience CERT’s target audience includes:

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services
  • Businesses
  • Clubs/organizations
  • Communities of faith
  • Neighborhoods
  • School staff/students
  • Scouting organizations

CERT Training sessions are designed to cover the following:

  • Disaster Medical Operations – Assessment, treatment and hygiene
  • Disaster Medical Operations – Triage and treating life threatening injuries
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster psychology
  • Final exercise
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Terrorism and CERT


Get in Contact

Each session requires about 2 hours for completion. For more information about CERT teams, please visit the FEMA website. To obtain more information about CERT in the City of Eureka call Chief Mike Wiegand at Eureka Police Department  636-938-6600.


Wildwood Campus

September — October 2018

September 6, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Introduction – MVCCC Coordinators

Unit # 1 Disaster Preparedness

Michelle Ryan, STL County PD & OEM

September 13, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 2 Fire Suppression

September 20, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 3 Disaster Medical Operations Part 1

September 27, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 4 Disaster Medical Operations Part 2

October 4, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 5 Light Search and Rescue Operations

Scott Barthelmass, Eureka FD

October 11, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 7 Disaster Psychology

Capt. Bob Catlett, Glendale PD

October 18, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 8 Terrorism & CERT

October 25, 2018 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Unit # 6 Team Organization — Mike Thiemann

CERT Program Course Review

October 27, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Disaster Simulation Exercise – Location TBA

Instructors TBA

TBA   Graduation Ceremonies