Community Emergency Response Team

About the Program
Carroll County now has a total of 60 citizens who are certified to help their neighbors in the event of an emergency or disaster. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training started in Carroll County in July 2005 with citizens from the Fairfield Community volunteering their time to learn emergency response skills that make their community safer.
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When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members are also called upon to assist other counties and states during major disasters.

The CERT training program is provided to Carroll County citizens who are 18 years or older at no cost. Refresher training for CERT graduates is conducted.

Training Activities
Seasoned instructors from the Carroll County Emergency Management, Carroll County Sheriff Office, Carroll County Fire Department, as well as West Georgia Ambulance Service, conduct the training. The CERT program includes training in:
  • Disaster medical operations (such as triage, treating life threatening injuries, assessment, Treatment and hygiene)
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster psychology
  • Disaster simulation exercise
  • Fire suppression
  • Light urban search and rescue
  • Team organization
Non-Emergency Involvement
CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community such as:
  • Presenting education presentations to the public
  • Assisting with public safety awareness events
  • Helping with community disaster exercises