Community Emergency Response Team

Community Emergency Response Team

Community Emergency Response Team
For citizens interested in taking an active role in disaster preparedness in the community, the Glendale Fire Department is a member of the Missouri Valley Citizens Corps who hosts the classes.  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 are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


Where can we get training? How would it benefit me, my family, and my community?

Join us Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. at Glendale City Auditorium (424 N. Sappington Rd., 63122) to learn the answers to these burning questions. Additionally, we will provide an overview of the Disaster Psychology chapter within the program, which covers the psychological and physiological symptoms of trauma and presents coping mechanisms for handling disaster-related stress. 


Offered in partnership with St. Louis Community College, this eight-week course taught by area first responders prepares volunteers to help the community in the event of a crisis. Topics covered include fire safety, search and rescue, team dynamics and disaster medical operations. Training even culminates with a full-scale disaster exercise! The course is FREE with a $9 registration fee and classes begin the week of September 12. 

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For more information on attending these classes, please contact Captain Chuck Helle at (314) 965-7097.
Meramec Valley Citizens Corp