Community Emergency Response Team

Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is a unique training opportunity that is offered to the community by the Vestavia Hills Fire Department.

The purpose of C.E.R.T. is to prepare the community for a disaster. During a disaster, emergency resources will likely be overwhelmed. C.E.R.T. members are able to assist the community when emergency resources are not available.

C.E.R.T. training teaches how to prepare homes and families for the critical period following a disaster. Training for C.E.R.T. requires attending seven sessions that usually last three to four hours. Courses covered include: emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, light search and rescue, C.E.R.T. organization, disaster psychology, and terrorism and C.E.R.T. The training concludes with a disaster simulation that tests all of the material covered during class.

If you are interested in attending a C.E.R.T. class, please call 205.978.0225.

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