The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985. They recognized that people will likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster.

Accordingly, the fire department decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of people to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. The training program proved so successful in Los Angeles, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) felt the concept should be made available to communities nationwide.

The CERT materials were expanded to make them applicable to all types of disasters and provided to local agencies. Recognizing the value of this program the Granite Falls Fire District #17 and the Pilchuck Foundation is offering CERT classes to our community.

The CERT training course is conducted one evening a week for seven weeks, the eight session is a full-day certification drill and covers a variety of planning, prevention, and manipulative skills aimed at surviving a disaster. Participants will be expected to attend all 8 sessions, establish a three (3) day home survival kit, obtain personal safety equipment (to ensure proper fit), and be a willing team participant. CERT is about people helping people. There is no charge for CERT course, and participants will receive basic personal safety equipment used in the class.

You must be 18 years old or older to participate; individuals who are 16-17 years old may participate with parent/guardian permission.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming CERT course, submit the interest form below.

FEMA Independent Study Requirements

Required Training:

  • IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
    Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Course length is approximately two hours.
  • IS-315.A: CERT and the Incident Command System (ICS)
    This Independent Study (IS) course introduces you to the CERT relationship to the Incident Command System (ICS), a proven management system used by emergency managers to help maintain the safety of disaster workers, provide clear leadership and organizational structure, and improve the effectiveness of rescue efforts. This program educates any CERT program manager, CERT trainer, or emergency responder who may manage and/or coordinate with a CERT about the CERT’s potential roles in a disaster or emergency situation. Course length is approximately two hours.
  • IS-317.A: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs)
    This Independent Study (IS) course is an introduction to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for those interested in learning about the CERT program for their own knowledge or as a pre-requisite for completing the CERT Basic classroom training that may be available in your community. Course length is approximately two hours. Course length is approximately two hours.

Recommended Training (see also

  • IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction
    The goal of the IS-0800.d, National Response Framework, An Introduction, is to provide guidance for the whole community. Within this broad audience, the National Response Framework focuses especially on those who are involved in delivering and applying the response core capabilities, including:
    • Private sector partners
    • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
    • Government officials
    • Community leaders
    • Emergency management practitioners
    • First responders
  • IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200
    IS200, Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, reviews the Incident Command System (ICS), provides the context for ICS within initial response, and supports higher level ICS training. This course provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within ICS.
  • IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
    This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Granite Falls, Washington CERT Member Expectations

  • Complete required FEMA trainings listed above and provide proof
  • To maintain certification, participate in:
    • at least nine monthly trainings per year
    • one drill or ECC activation per year
  • Wear CERT ID badge to any official trainings, meetings, or activations