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Program Manager:  Deputy Director Eric Duvall    

Instructors:  Deputy Director Tyler Lachowsky, Dirk Sutterfield,  & Joe Crisafulli

Next CERT Class is September 2017 ****NOTE-- CLASS IS NOW FULL****

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other.

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is very little or no warning and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?

First, present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

This excellent training program is given at no cost to the student! 

All classes will be held at our office located at 57 Acklin Gap Road, Conway AR 72032.  



Complete this CERT APPLICATION and submit to our office by mail, email or fax:
Mail to:  Faulkner County OEM
801 Locust Street
Conway, AR  72034

Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Seating is limited, and we must have 20 enrolled for the class to make. There is no charge for this course.