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CERT (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 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.


Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams, IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members.


It has six modules with topics that include:

  • Introduction to CERT

  • Disaster Medical Operations

  • Fire Safety

  • Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents

  • Search and Rescue


It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those successfully finishing it will receive a certification of completion and 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Independent Study Office.


The IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by the West Valley City Fire Department.


View more information about the CERT Class or contact the West Valley City Fire Prevention Department at 801-963-3336.

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