Tooele County Emergency Management is a proud partner in the Federally based and nationally recognized Community Emergency Response Team program. TCEM has been organizing, training, and equipping local CERTs almost since the program was first organized. Currently there are more than 250 CERT members living or working within our county.
The CERT program provides standardized training which equips citizens with the skills necessary to respond during large emergencies and disasters. It's a perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. CERT training includes Disaster First Aid, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Victim Lifts and Carries, Leveraging and Cribbing, Terrorism Awareness, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Emergency Preparedness.
TCEM recognized the benefit and value of having CERTs in each of our schools. We contacted the Tooele County School District and offered the program to the District leadership, which accepted and endorsed CERT immediately. The school district identifies employees in each school for CERT membership and allows them to attend the training. We have been training School CERTs for more than a decade and we are still going strong.
CERTs also exist within our own communities as well. TCEM has authorized qualified CERT trainers in the southeast area of Tooele City. Those instructors enlist and instruct volunteers in CERT operations and procedures. Trained CERT members are organized into neighborhood teams based on their places of residence.
TCEM oversees the Stansbury Park CERT group, which is a robust organization with excellent trainings, organization meetings, and exercises (disaster drills). The Stansbury Park CERT continues to recruit and train people living in Stansbury Park, Lake Point, and Erda. Grantsville residents interested in CERT are currently referred to the Stansbury Park CERT group.
If you're interested in organizing a Community Emergency Response Team in your area or neighborhood come by our office for a brochure or call (435) 833-8100.
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