The Belmont Fire Department recognizes that in the event of a major emergency or disaster, the likelihood is that most emergency management and public safety resources will be overwhelmed and assistance from neighboring jurisdictions may be delayed, depending on the extent/scope of the incident. Members of the community will instinctively try and help their families and neighbors, but without training, they may be minimally effective or actually put themselves or others in danger. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a resource in the form of community members, trained by emergency management and public safety professionals, who can provide assistance to their own community. CERT members are taught a variety of skills including fire safety, light search & rescue and disaster medical operations.
The department recognizes that some community members wish only to receive disaster preparedness training and others have a desire to provide their own time, talents and experience to the department in the capacity of a formal volunteer. The following are requirements to become a Belmont CERT Volunteer:
- Age 18 or older
- Completed 24 hours of basic CERT Training
- Complete application process
- Maintain required minimum training/participation as set forth by the department, including:
- Completion of IS-800 & IS-700 FEMA Courses.
- Register as a Belmont Disaster Service Worker (DSW).
- Attend a minimum of two trainings/meetings during a calendar year.
- Participate in a minimum of two public events/deployments per calendar year.
Prospective CERT Volunteers shall be screened prior to acceptance into the program. The typical steps in this process can include the following:
- Completion of the approved application form.
- Submission to a criminal background check via California DOJ Live Scan fingerprint check.
- Be interviewed by the CERT Program Coordinator or designee.
To find our more or sign up for the next CERT training course go to https://belmontcacert.samariteam.com or contact:
Captain Patrick Halleran, Emergency Management Coordinator