Our mission is to provide assistance to our community Fire Departments
in times of need. To help them provide the “greatest good for the greatest
number of people” in emergency and non-emergency situations.

The CERT Program Educates Volunteers About Disaster Preparedness for the Hazards That may Occur Where They Live

The CERT program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks. CERT trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

In June of 2003, Brooklyn Heights, Valley View, Independence and Seven Hills began the cooperative effort to create the QUAD CITY CERT.

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The QUAD CITY Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that allows civilians and government employees to take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives and support local emergency responders. The QUAD CITY CERT Team consists of the communities of Brooklyn Heights, Independence, Seven Hills and Valley View. We welcome our surrounding communities to join us as well.

The basic CERT course will include those components necessary to get you started and capable of performing basic CERT functions. The training program is hands-on, realistic and is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your school, your workplace, and your neighbors and your neighborhood in emergency and non-emergency situations. We also support all of our communities by providing local assistance and participating at community events.

Participants will complete 24 hours of training (one Wednesday evening a week for 9 weeks) which is provided free of charge. Those 14 years of age or older in the four QUAD CITY communities are encouraged to attend training. Ages 14 to 17 will be required to have written parental consent. Upon completion of training, 24 hours of community service credits will be given to students. High school students from the four QUAD CITY communities can also apply for our college scholarships.

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The CERT Program trains you in basic disaster response skills:

#1 – Disaster Preparedness
#2 – Team Organization
#3 – Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 and 2
#4 – Disaster Psychology
#5 – Fire and Utility Safety
#6 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
#7 – CPR/AED and Stop the Bleed
#8 – Active Shooter and Terrorism
#9 – Review and Graduation