The City of Parkland in conjunction with the Coral Springs Fire Department is accepting applications for community-minded volunteers interested in being trained as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. The Coral Springs CERT program helps train people to be prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. 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 can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
For additional information, call the Coral Springs Fire Department at 954.346.1396. An application is also available online for download. You can also visit www.coralspringscert.org for information and to apply.
Coral Springs CERT is a group of volunteers who are trained by the Coral Springs Fire Department, first aid, and triage. In the event a natural disaster or emergency situation should occur, and the fire department or police departments are delayed for hours or even days, CERT members can provide care and first aid for those in need. Coral Springs CERT members are also active with the fire and police departments to help when they need extra manpower to search for missing persons, specifically children.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course outlined by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. The CERT Team Training Program prepares members of the community to help their family and neighbors in the event of a disaster.
The basic training program is followed by monthly meetings, where topics such as CPR, first aid, and basic disaster management are covered. The initial course meets one night per week for eight weeks. No experience necessary, but participants must be 16 years or older.