(Community Emergency Response Team)
The Alameda County of Newark Fire Department continues to offer a Community Emergency Response Training program for community volunteers. The purpose of this training is to provide volunteers basic skills in firefighting, search and rescue, disaster medicine, and emergency preparedness. The main goal of the CERT program is to help the citizens of Newark become self-sufficient for the first 72 hours following a major disaster by developing multi-functional community emergency response teams.
The Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes and 9/11 have demonstrated the importance of community volunteers during a disaster. Spontaneous volunteers are often the first on the scene to conduct initial search, rescue, and first aid. CERT volunteers are trained to participate and communicate effectively in emergency response efforts. It is imperative that the citizens of Newark be prepared and do not rely solely on professional emergency services.
The US Geological Survey predicts that there is a 70% chance that the Bay Area will be struck by a major earthquake within the next 30 years. When the “BIG ONE” hits, emergency services will be overwhelmed. It may take up to 72 hours for help to arrive.
Qualified instructors from the Newark CERT program present the training for classes 1-5. Class 6 is presented by CERT instructors and members of the Alameda County Fire Department. Students are required to attend six classes, which are presented once a week during the evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Ave. Students will be provided with a training manual for use during class and can download their own copies from the Newark CERT Downloads page. Upon successful completion of all six classes, students will receive a Certificate of Completion, CERT ID, helmet, and vest.
Class 1 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – Tues., September 27, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Emergency Response Team Concept
- Personal, Family, and Workplace Preparation
- Utilities and Hazardous Materials Overview
Class 2 FIRE SAFETY and HAZMAT - Tues., October 4, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Fire Chemistry and Extinguishment
- Hazardous Materials
Class 3 DISASTER MEDICINE – Tues., October 11, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Recognition and Treatment of Life Threatening Injuries
- Triage of Patients
- Care of Minor Injuries and Burns
Class 4 LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE – Tues., October 18, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Earthquake Effects on Buildings
- Search and Rescue Techniques
- Lifting Heavy Objects
- Team Management and Response
Class 5 TERRORISM / TEAM MANAGEMENT – Tues., October 25, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Terrorism Weapons and Response
- Terrorism Rescue and Recovery
- Disaster Psychology
Class 6 HANDS-ON DISASTER SIMULATION – Tues., Novenber 1, 2011 6:00 to 9:00 pm
- Hands-on Disaster Exercise
- Recognition and Certificate Presentation
Classes are held at the Silliman Center, with the exception of Class 6 which will be held at ACFD Station 27 (formerly NFD 3).
Silliman Center Station 27
6800 Mowry Ave. 39039 Cherry St.
Newark, CA 94560 Newark, CA 94560
Since it's inception in 1997, almost 1000 Newark residents have been certified in the CERT program. CERT is designed to help you and your family be better prepared in the event of a disaster. Earthquakes Happen! And with current world issues, it is even more important that you and your family are better prepared to survive when disaster strikes.
To learn more about the program, the list below answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Newark's CERT program. After reading through the questions and answers below it is hoped that you will join our CERT members to top the 1000 mark and give Newark one of the highest percentages of trained citizens in the area.
The program is FREE! The only cost incurred may be in upgradining your own personal disaster kits at home. Upgrades may include more food, water, tools, etc...
We offer two 6-week classes. One in the spring and one in the fall
The classes are held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. They are held one night a week for 6 consecutive weeks, (ex. 6 straight Thursday nights). The first 5 classes are classroom style held at Silliman Family Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Ave, Newark. The final class is a hands on drill held at Fire Station #27, on the corner of Mowry Ave and Cherry St.
The classes are taught by trained instructors and Fire Department personnel. Two instructors per class.
Every participant will have a downloaded student manual filled with disaster tips and vital infromation for rescue, fire suppression and general first aid. Upon completion of the 6-week course you will also receive a helment, vest and ID badge along with a certificate of completion.
For starters, and most importantly you will have the training that will make you better prepared in the event of a true disaster. You also will be encouraged to attend refresher drills throughout the year.
This is entirely up to you. We do offer 1 or 2 re-training classes on various skills as well the annual refresher drill.
Although the designated meeting place is now divided by Fire Department, to help with the span of control it was necessary to break the city down into more manageable groups. It seemed most likely to use the school boundaries, which most people are already familiar with. Our districts match the 8 public elementary schools and our 9th district is Newark Memorial High School, which is everything south of Mowry Ave. There is a Team Leader for each district.
Team Leaders are a special group of volunteers who have completed the program and wanted to become more involved. They participate in the meetings; they help new members and are the contact person for communicating information to the Newark Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
First and foremost your are to take care of your immediate family. This is what you have gone through the class for. You will be prepared and know what to do to survivie the next 72 hours. If your family is save you can then go out into your neighborhood and assist neighbors. If everything is under control in you neighborhood you may then want to assist in the citywide efforts, i.e. shelters, etc.
In a large disaster, police and fire departments will be overwhelmed with the large scale emergencies. This is why the program is so crucial.
You can sign up by going to the Class Sign-Up page, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number or by calling the Newark CERT Admin (510) 221-6220 or Information Hotline (510) 972-3695 and leaving your name and number so someone can get back to you. You can also stop by our booth at various Newark functions or events like Newark Summerfest, Newark Days, and the Farmers Market at NewPark Mall.
No, just the willingness to learn the skills necessary to survive a disaster. We have had participants ranging in age from 14 to 80 and some even in wheelchairs. We say come one come all!
If they are under the age of 14 they man not attend. This is discouraged for two reasons: the material covered is not suitable for younger children; and two it is very difficult to deliver all of the required information if there are constant interruptions. We do, however accept young adults between the ages of 14 - 17 if accompanied by a parent/guardian.
LINKS TO DISASTER INFORMATION
Tri-Cities Area Disaster Preparedness
City of Fremont (CERT)
City of Union City (CERT)
Disaster Preparedness Resources Link Pages
Alameda County Waste Management Authority
American Red Cross (Santa Clara Valley Chapter)
Earthquake Web Link
Emergency Action Links
The Community Preparedness Website Project
United States Geological Survey (Dept. of the Interior)
Environmental Safety Services
Disaster Response Governmental Agencies
Association of Bay Area Government
California Office of Emergency Services
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)