Community Emergency Response Team

2018 dates to be announced soon. 


 
The Frisco Fire Department prepares every day for emergencies that may threaten our community. But in the event of a major disaster, the number and type of calls could overwhelm Frisco's first responders and emergency services. In such cases, citizens may have to rely on each other for help, such as immediate life saving needs, until first responders arrive.

CERT


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an all-risk, all-hazard program training people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations. CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies; provide victim assistance; organize volunteers; and collect disaster information to support first responder efforts.

Training


CERT training classes take place from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. over a 8-week period. Specialized training given during the classes includes:
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire suppression
  • Light search and rescue
  • Patient triage
  • Severe weather
  • Team organization
  • Terrorism
  • Treating life-threatening injuries
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may be initially unable to receive professional help following a disaster. CERT volunteers are trained to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger.

History


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began promoting the CERT concept nationwide in 1994, using a model created by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Since then, CERTs have been established in hundreds of communities. The city of Frisco established its CERT in 2003.

Contact


Contact the Community Education Information line during normal business hours at 972-292-6351 or submit registration forms by email or fax to 972-292-6319. CERT Application(PDF) and background check form are also available at all Frisco Fire Stations.