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The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a FREE Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class on May 1, 3, 8 and 10.  The class will be held at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. each evening.  Registration is required and the registration link is

CERT provides comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response.  Through classroom learning and hands-on training, participants will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster.  Topics covered include disaster preparedness; disaster medical assistance; light search and rescue; fire safety; terrorism and disaster psychology.  This course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid.  Citizens must know how to be self-sufficient during the first critical 72 hours immediately following any type of disaster, whether natural or human-caused.  CERT is designed to fulfill those needs.

If you have questions, please contact me at the Office of Emergency Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 719-385-5957. The schedule is listed below.


May 1      6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 6:45

Welcome and Introduction

Office of Emergency Management

6:45 – 8:45

Disaster Preparedness

CERT Organization

8:45 – 10:00

Disaster Psychology

May 3     6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 10:00

Disaster Medical Assistance I and II,

Station 10, CSFD

May 8     6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 8:00

Fire Safety, includes fire extinguisher demonstration

Station 10, CSFD

8:00 – 10:00

Light Search and Rescue, includes hands-on carries

Station 10, CSFD

May 10      6:00 – 10:00 PM


6:00 – 7:35

Terrorism, Unit 8


7:35 – 10:00

Disaster Simulation and Course Review

Station 10, CSFD

The following link is to the national CERT training website:  Introduction to CERTs, FEMA IS-317 is  an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.  IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT.  It is not required to take the May CERT  class.

We are looking forward to your participation!




Pauline Nelson

Senior Office Specialist
Office of Emergency Management
375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs CO  80910
PH   719-385-7394
FAX  719-385-7387