Basic CERT Training

***2019 Fall Course Announcement September 9th – October 7th.***

We will be holding the Basic CERT course at

Iroquois Central High School

Elma CERT, Inc. offers the Basic CERT course every March and September to the public. The CERT course consists of nine (9) consecutive classes scheduled Monday and Thursday evenings, 6pm – 9:30pm. Elma CERT, Inc. uses subject matter experts to teach each class.

FEMA’s Basic Community Emergency Response Team Program trains participants to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, participants:

  • Learn team building skills
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher with live fire training.
  • Learn basic first aid skills and light search and rescue techniques.
  • Learn organizational processes and team work.
  • Learn about psychological effects and treatment of disasters
  • Learn awareness of Terrorism

Below is a description of each topic:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Addresses hazards specific to the community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster as well as an overview of CERT and local laws governing volunteers.
  • Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.
  • Medical Operations Part I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • Medical Operations Part II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and rescuer safety.
  • Psychology and Team Organization: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers, and addresses CERT organization and management.
  • Terrorism and CERT: Participants will learn the definition of terrorism; how terrorists choose their targets; weapons that they use; CBRNE Identification; how to prepare for a terrorist incident; and what protective actions to take.
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a disaster activity.

During each session participants are encouraged to bring safety equipment (gloves, goggles, mask) and disaster supplies (bandages, flashlight, dressings) which will be used during the session. By doing this for each session, participants are building a disaster response kit of items that they will need during a disaster.

*** 2019 Fall Course Schedule ***

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

Monday, September 9, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Michelle Kerr Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Communications (Ret) / Elma CERT, Inc.

Unit 2 – Fire Safety and Utility Controls

Thursday, September 12, 2019 6pm-9:30pm    

Instructor: TBA

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations I

Monday, September 16, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Pati Aine Guzinski – Erie County Dept. of Health Training Coordinator

Unit 4-Disaster Medical Operations II

Thursday, September 19, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Pati Aine Guzinski – Erie County Dept. of Health Training Coordinator

Unit 5-Light Search and Rescue Operations

Monday, September 23, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Edward R. Sauer – Public Safety / Elma CERT, Inc.

Unit 6-CERT Organization

Thursday, September 26, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Michelle Kerr, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Communications (Ret.) / Elma CERT, Inc.

Unit 7-Disaster Psychology

Monday, September 30, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Bonnie Frazer – Mental Health Emergency Planning Coordinator (Ret)

Unit 8-Terrorism and CERT

Thursday, October 3, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructor: Captain Jeffrey Hartman Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Unit 9-Final Exercise

Monday, October 7, 2019 6pm-9:30pm

Instructors: Edward Sauer and Elma CERT, Inc. Membership


All classes will be held at:

Iroquois Central High School room 101

2111 Girdle Road

Elma, New York 14059

Course Announcement:


The cost of the course is $40.00 per participant. **ALL Registrations will be through the Iroquois Central School District’s Community Education page. See link above.

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