Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a unique training opportunity that is offered to the community by the Vestavia Hills Fire Department. The purpose of CERT is to prepare the community for a disaster. During a disaster, emergency resources will likely be overwhelmed. CERT members are able to assist the community when emergency resources are not available.
CERT training teaches how to prepare homes and families for the critical period following a disaster. Training is provided over the course of seven, four-hour sessions covering: emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology, and terrorism and CERT. The training concludes with a disaster simulation that tests all of the material covered during sessions.