About CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train local citizens to be prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. The reality is, citizens could very likely be on their own during the early hours of a catastrophic disaster. Training in basic disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. This training is not intended for First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) as they already have a background in the subject area. When emergencies occur, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT Members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

Citizen Corps, Erie County Department of Central Police Services in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, and Erie Community College Department of Workforce Development are coordinating and implementing the training for Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to respond to any type of emergency situation.  These Departments will maintain and manage a database of all volunteer members of this CERT program in case of an emergency.

Each CERT member will receive training in the following areas:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation

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 also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Citizen Corps, Erie County Department of Central Police Services in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, and Erie Community College Department of Workforce Development are coordinating and implementing the training for Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to respond to any type of emergency situation.  These Departments will maintain and manage a database of all volunteer members of this CERT program in case of an emergency.

Each CERT member will receive training in the following areas:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT

Course Review and Disaster Simulation

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 also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

OUR MISSION

The mission of West Seneca CERT is to:

Assist the members of our communities and workplaces following an event when professional responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) are not immediately available to help.
Be always prepared to assist, upon request, those professional responders in every area for which we have been properly trained.
Support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in our communities.
Assist in, and support the mission of, the West Seneca Office of Emergency Management to mitigate the results of natural and man-made disasters and to protect the general public from the growing specter of acts of terrorism through planning, detection, communication, response, public information, and training.

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