Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Keeping You Safe
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are groups of active residents that have received special training for the purpose of enhancing their ability to recognize, respond to, and recover from a major emergency affecting the Murphy community. Learn how you can help yourself, your family, and your community during a disaster.
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
How CERT Works
During a disaster, teams assist emergency response teams in damage assessment, accounting for residents and securing quick, accessible routes into their neighborhoods. CERT teams also support public safety professions by searching for missing persons, assisting at public events and other support functions that enhance emergency management.
Murphy is actively recruiting residents to be trained for this program. No training or prior experience is required; however, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check to be accepted. For additional information on this program, please visit the Citizen Corps website. You may also contact Murphy Fire Rescue at 972-468-4300.
Murphy Fire Rescue is currently accepting applications for CERT training. The current class is scheduled for September 22, 2016 - November 12, 2016. The classes will be held every Thursday night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Murphy Fire Rescue training room located at 206 N. Murphy Road. There is no cost to attend.