Community Emergency Response Team

The Town and Country Police Department and the West County EMS and Fire Protection District, along with the and the Creve Coeur Police Department, have partnered together to offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The program is part of the Meramec Valley Citizen Corps Council, which includes CERT programs from several local municipalities and fire districts.

What is CERT
CERT training was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is designed to train citizen volunteers to assist their neighborhoods and communities after disasters, such as an earthquake or tornado. Topics covered during the training include:
CERT Training
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Suppression
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Medical Operations
  • Terrorism
Required training manuals, as well as some supplies, are provided for participants.

Training Residents
CERT training is offered to all city residents and is free of charge. The training is conducted on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m. for 6 consecutive weeks with a practical exercise on Saturday following the last class.

Additionally, businesses located within the city limits interested in providing CERT training for a group of employees, can host a class during normal business hours. Edward Jones, The Principia and Maryville University employees have completed the training and are better prepared to assist and respond should a disaster occur while they are at work.

It is important to have trained citizen volunteers available to assist our police and fire departments and the community in the aftermath of a disaster. If you would like to enroll and/or receive additional information regarding CERT, please contact Officer Katie Exline by email or 314-587-2892.

Helpful Resources
Additional CERT information is also available at the FEMA website.

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