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Program Overview
The Spartanburg County CERT Program (free of charge) was developed because of the need for a well-trained civilian emergency work force. The CERT Program provides for community self-sufficiency through the development of multifunctional response teams who act as an adjunct to the County's emergency services during major disasters. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, and provide immediate assistance to victims. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. Through this unique program, people from community organizations, business and industry, and county employee groups will become CERT members. They work as team members and perform as individual leaders by directing untrained volunteers in the initial phase of an emergency.

 

Basic CERT Syllabus

CLASS 1- INTRODUCTION, EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS
 

Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness

Registration
Introduction
Hazards
Personal & Family Preparation
Nonstructural Hazard Mitigation

CLASS 2- DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION TECHNIQUES
 

Unit 2 - Fire Safety

Fire Chemistry
Fire Extinguisher Use
Utility Control
Creative Firefighting Techniques
Hazardous Materials / Placarding

CLASS 3- DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS
 

Unit 3 - Disaster Medical Operations 1

Recognizing Life-Threatening Emergencies
Treating Life-Threatening Emergencies
Triage

 

Unit 4 - Disaster Medical Operations 2

Head-to-Toe Evaluation
Treating Non-Life-Threatening Emergencies
Treatment Area Management

CLASS 4- LIGHT SEARCH & RESCUE / TEAM ORGANIZATION

 

Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations

Evacuation
Search Techniques
Rescue Methods/Cribbing

 

Unit 6: CERT Organization

Developing a Response Team
Incident Command System “ICS”

 

CLASS 5- DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY / TERRORISM
 

Units 7: Disaster Psychology

Psychological “Size-Up”

 

Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT

History of Terrorism
Do’s and Don’ts During a Terrorist Act
Homeland Defense Tips

 

CLASS 6- DISASTER SIMULATION & GRADUATION

Unit 9: Disaster Simulation

 

 

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