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 Metro West, Fenton, Valley Park Fire Protection Districts, and the City of Crestwood have partnered 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. CERT members will have the opportunity to maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training that will be hosted by the Metro West, Fenton, and Valley Park Fire Districts and the City of Crestwood periodically. This will keep members fresh on skills learned in the initial training and further their skill base.