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Glendale Fire Department’s CERT Program


Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.

If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake, and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality? (Citizen Corp, 2011)                                                                                                                       

The City of Glendale has implemented a community-wide emergency response training approach to community preparedness. The purpose of the CERT Program is to prepare neighborhoods, businesses, special interest groups, places of worship, industry and virtually any other group of individual for a natural or man-made disaster or terrorist attack. The Glendale Fire Department’s CERT Program teaches basic disaster preparedness through a 21- hour course. The CERT Program provides educational instruction on how citizen can survive on their own until emergency crews can arrive to assist you.

What does the training involve?

The CERT designation is achieved after the completion of a 21-hour training program over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The program will be conducted by the Fire Department and delivered by experienced fire service professionals. The only entrance requirement is that you are willing to be an active participant in our efforts to raise the community's preparedness level. There is no charge to attend this training.  CERT training includes the following topics:

Unit One:      Disaster Preparedness
Unit Two:      Disaster Fire Suppression
Unit Three:   Disaster Medical Operations I
Unit Four:     Disaster Medical Operations II
Unit Five:      Light Search and Rescue Operations
Unit Six:       Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
Unit Seven:   Course Overview and Disaster Simulation 

The Glendale Fire Department offers one basic CERT course per year.  For more information on CERT please contact Dr. Janet A. Boberg CPM, LPC, NCC at 623-930-4483 or email Janet at

Upcoming Class Scheduled:

Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Aug. 10
The Glendale Fire Department will be hosting a 21-hour Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training program beginning on Friday, Aug. 10, at Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center (GRPSTC), 11550 W. Glendale Ave. For details, click here. To register, contact Janet Boberg, Community Services Manager, at 623-930-4483.




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