The CERT National Program Office is pleased to announce that a new set of CERT training videos has been posted to the national CERT website. The eight new videos are described below. In addition to their primary use by CERT instructors during delivery of the CERT Basic Training course, the videos can used for review by individuals and teams who have completed their basic training.
The CERT in Action video can also be used by CERT coordinators/managers to help promote the program. Three of the videos depict effective trainer techniques in demonstrating and coaching CERT skills in the classroom. These are intended for use in the CERT Train-the-Trainer course. To ensure they are accessible to a broad audience, each video is also available in closed-caption format or with Spanish subtitles.
Please visit the national CERT website at https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ to view these eight titles. The videos can be downloaded and viewed at your computer, or copied onto a DVD. Whether for your own use, CERT training in the classroom or for a community preparedness event, we hope you find these new resources useful.
CERT in Action
In CERT in Action, a fierce storm has struck the local community. CERT members activate in their neighborhood, set up an Incident Command Post, and assess damage throughout the area. They use their CERT skills to respond to damage and injured victims in the local community center, managing the situation until professional responders are able to arrive. This video provides a useful introduction to the CERT concept for new program participants and others who may be interested in the program. This video will also support the material presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 6: CERT Organization. CERT trainers will be able to use the video to start a dialogue about CERTs use of ICS and other critical features of successful team operations. (Running Time: 19:13 min.)
CERT Training: Disaster Psychology
CERT participants, trained to support the first responders during a disaster, will be challenged in many ways during and after response operations. However, if CERT members are prepared for the stress, they will be more successful and helpful during the event and more able to rebound when the crisis is over. This training video provides an overview of stress reactions and strategies for dealing with people under stress during a disaster, including the needs of disaster workers themselves. This video will support the material presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 7: Disaster Psychology. It will help CERT members learn more about how to deal effectively in a crisis and how to help others cope. (Running Time: 43:14 min.)
CERT Training: Safety in the After-Disaster Environment
CERT members can prepare to work in a post-disaster area by understanding more about the potential hazards, by preparing their own safety kit and by wearing the right gear. The purpose of this training video is to prepare the CERT members for the kinds of hazards they may experience after a disaster and to help them stay safe as they work in the disaster area. This video will support the materials presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations. CERT trainers will be able to use the materials presented in this video to start a dialogue about the potential challenges CERT members may face. (Running Time: 31:44 min.)
CERT Triage: Handling Mass Casualty Situations
Medical triage is the key to doing the most good for the most people whenever there are more victims than rescuers, resources are limited, and time is critical. This training video provides an overview of the medical triage process and portrays the steps that CERT members need to follow to provide victims the most effective lifesaving support available until professional responders arrive on scene. This video will support the materials presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations Part 1. CERT trainers will be able to use the material presented in the video to start a dialogue about the potential challenges CERT members may face. (Running Time: 22:44 min.)
Fire Safety: The CERT Member’s Role
This training video covers the basics of fire size up, use of extinguishers, and fire safety. Fires are dangerous and can change quickly. As in all CERT operations, the CERT members safety is always the number one priority. Safety measures presented in the video include use of protective gear and the proper equipment to extinguish small fires, working with a buddy and a team, planning for safe entry and exit, maintaining a safe distance and position from a fire, and using the P.A.S.S. procedure to operate fire extinguishers. This video will support the materials presented in the CERT Basic Training course Unit 2: Fire Safety and Utility Controls. (Running Time: 18:29 min.)
Demonstrating Victim Carries
Lt. Gregg Karl of the Arlington County, Virginia, Fire Department demonstrates three different types of victim carries to a class of CERT trainees. This video is recommended for use in the CERT Train-the-Trainer course to demonstrate effective instructional techniques for teaching victim carries. (Running Time: 6:28 min.)
Demonstrating Head-to-Toe Assessment
Lt. Byron Dixon of the Arlington County, Virginia, Fire Department demonstrates a head-to-toe assessment for a class of CERT trainees. This video is recommended for use in the CERT Train-the-Trainer course to demonstrate effective instructional techniques for teaching head-to-toe assessments. (Running Time: 5:43 min.)
Coaching Hands-On Practice – Victim Extrication
Lt. Gregg Karl of the Arlington County, Virginia, Fire Department walks a group of CERT trainees through a cribbing and leveraging exercise. This video is recommended for use in the CERT Train-the-Trainer course to demonstrate effective instructional techniques for teaching victim extrication. (Running Time: 4:26 min.)