Basic CERT Training

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 multi-functional 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
Personal and 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
  Unit 4:  Disaster Medical Operations 2 Head-to-Toe Evaluation
Treating Non-Life-Threatening Emergencies
Treating Area Management
Class 4 - Light Search and 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 Unit 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 and Graduation Unit 9:  Disaster Simulation