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Community Emergency Response Team

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 an 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 also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Watch FEMA’s Video to know more:

The CERT instruction is a 21 Hour course divided into 7 classes. The classes each last 3 hours and are taught 1 day a week for 7 weeks. Upon successfully completing the course, students will receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized certificate of completion.

Course fees: $30 per person for residents, non-profit organizations, civic groups, etc. $75 per person for business, corporations. Payment can be made online following the online class registration. If not paying online payment must be made the first night of class, payable to Salt Lake City Corp in the form of a check or money order. Cash cannot be accepted. The fees pay for instruction, CERT manual, and CERT “kit.” CERT “kits” are awarded to all students upon successful completion of the course on the last day of class.

Topics Covered in the Seven Classes

Module 1: Disaster Preparedness

What is a disaster’s impact on our city’s infrastructure? What structural and non-structural hazards exist in buildings, and what is the role of CERT members during a disaster?

Module 2: Fire Suppression and Terrorism and CERT

Disaster Suppression – Discovering and reducing potential fire hazards in your home and work place, and strategies and techniques used to extinguish small fires. Terrorism and CERT – Describes the different types of terrorism threats and what you and your community need to do in case of terrorist attacks

Module 3: Disaster Medical Operation 1

Treatment for life threatening conditions, the 3 “killers” in a disaster, how and why we “Triage” or sort patients

Module 4: Disaster Medical Operation 2

Head-to-toe assessment of victims, treatment of fractures, laceration, sprains, burns, and other injures, and setting up treatment area

Module 5: Light Search and Rescue

Light Search and Rescue – Search and Rescue priorities, how to do size up, and how lifting and cribbing is done with safety in mind

Module 6: Disaster Psychology and Team Organization

Psychology and Organization – How to recognize and respond to post disaster emotional reactions of victims and rescuers. How to organize your areas and document response actions

Module 7: Course Reviews and Disaster Simulation Exercise

Putting Knowledge and Skills into Practice – In a group setting students are taken through final evaluations to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained throughout the course.

Staff Members

John Flynt, Preparedness Coordinator

Salt Lake City Office of Emergency Management


Team Leaders

Charlie Eckhardt

SLC CERT Southwest Division Supervisor


Ron Maestas 

SLC CERT Northeast Division Supervisor


Chilton Hawk

SLC CERT Northwest Division Supervisor



Anthony Moncur

Bilingual English/Español

(801) 915- 0231

Larry Love

Bilingual English/Español

(801) 898-6003

Sherrie Fergusen

(801)-  450-7527

Leslie Stevens

(801) 664- 6064

Bill Crouse

(208) 987-0651