Emergency Preparedness & Response Training for Citizens
Learn how to be prepared for emergencies by taking the free Wauconda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training which begins on February 28. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community professional response, you will be able to apply the basic preparedness and response skills that you learn during training to help yourself, your familiy and neighbors until help arrives.
The Wauconda Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team training program consists of approximately 20 hours of training. Classes are taught by trained personnel from your community. This program is free.
For more information regarding CERT and the training program, click on the pdf symbol above for the brochure, or call Captain Mike Wahl at (847) 416-7504.
A:People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.