Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteer Job Description
CERT members provide critical support to firefighters, police officers and paramedics at emergency scenes and disaster sites. They are trained to assist in critical situations like weather emergencies, mass casualty incidents or lost persons. They also assist at community events like Music in Plymouth and Plymouth Fire and Ice.
CERT members develop skills to help provide triage, first aid, utilities control, light searches/canvassing, congregate care, debris removal, transport, animal care and help with special needs. Members also help to organize and coordinate volunteers that arrive on scene in an emergency.
Proactively, CERT members participate in community education, preparedness planning, and crime, fire and injury prevention activities.
CERT members will be required to attend:
- 24 hours of certification training during their initial year
- 10 hours of prescheduled community events annually
- One role playing exercise annually
- 10 hours of ongoing core training after first year
Trained CERT members will provide critical support to firefighters, police officers and paramedics at emergency scenes and disaster sites. CERT volunteers will be highly trained to assist with triage, provide first aid, render immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers that arrive on scene in an emergency. CERT members will also engage in community preparedness planning and provide public education outreach.
The CERT training program is a 24-hour course. Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and team operations. The training also includes a disaster simulation in which participants practice skills that they learned through the course.
The CERT course is taught by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by the state training officer for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
CERT Core Functions and Activities
CERT members will provide:
- First aid, Automatic External Defibrillator use, CPR skills
- Utilities control
- Light searches/canvassing
- Direct traffic/staff perimeter
- Shelter management and congregate care
- Debris removal
- Animal care
- Special needs concerns
- Assist in emergency operations center
Secondary functions of the CERT program include:
- Promote interest in community preparedness by distributing fliers and door knocking
- Provide educational outreach
- Attend safety fairs and community events
- Provide outreach to businesses
- Make outgoing phone calls
- Maintain equipment and supplies
- Enhance email alert network
- Assist in updating the emergency management plan
- Help homeowner associations/Neighborhood Watch groups create emergency management plans
Minimum Qualifications/Desired Skills:
- CERT members must live or work in Plymouth and must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
- Members must be 21 years of age on their appointment date.
- Members must pass a criminal background check and possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license
Fill out a CERT application (PDF) to apply. Applications can also be picked up at the Plymouth Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. To have an application mailed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.