Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department began promoting nationwide implementation of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERT’s have been established in hundreds of communities in the U.S. The City of Crestwood is an active member of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corp Council whose goal is to prepare communities we serve by providing CERT training. In addition, this training promotes a joint effort between our emergency services personnel and our citizens. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the emergency services personnel, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

Who Should Attend a Course?

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services
  • Businesses
  • Clubs/Organizations
  • Communities of Faith
  • Neighborhoods
  • Participants must be at least 17 years or older to attend this training
  • School Staff

Goals of Training

CERT Training will teach participants to:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities
  • Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response
  • Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplace
  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid
  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions
  • Perform head-to-assessments
  • Select and set up a treatment area
  • Employ basic first aid treatments for various wounds
  • Identify planning and size-up
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure
  • Use safe techniques for searching a structure
  • Describe ways to protect resources during search and rescue operations

Staying Involved

The Crestwood CERT team meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 pm at the Crestwood Government. The team members select the topics on an annual basis and the meeting last less than two hours. Topics have included a review of the entire CERT course, medical operations, practical radio operation and search techniques.


The Crestwood CERT team is a member of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council (MVCCC) and the MVCCC conducts training session on a monthly basis for eight months of the year (no meeting in the summer or December). The location moves between the member organizations. For more information on the MVCCC CERT training, please visit the MVCCC website at