Become a Member of Our Team!

Molalla Fire is looking to establish a Molalla Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help the community in times of need. Become a member of our team and gain hands-on training in first aid, urban search and rescue, fire safety, disaster preparedness, and the incident command system. Participate in regular drills, disaster response, and community events.

History of CERT

The concept of a CERT program was first introduced by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 in response to the constant risk of earthquakes in the region. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) soon recognized such a movement and established a national CERT curriculum. Since that time period, communities in 28 states across the nation have developed and implemented CERT programs.

Why does Molalla need a CERT program?

In cases such as major natural disasters or large-scale medical emergencies, local fire and police agencies can easily become overwhelmed. The geographic location of Molalla comes with its inherited risks. Molalla is at an increased risk for flooding, wildfires, landslides, and severe weather conditions. The Planning Commission estimates that Molalla has a “high” probability that an earthquake will occur within the next 10-35 years. It is our goal to establish a CERT program to be more prepared for such occasions. With your help, we can effectively minimize property damage, medical emergencies, and ultimately the loss of life.
More information on the specific hazards of the Molalla community can be found on the following link…

Who is teaching the CERT program?

The Molalla Fire District will send three of its career staff to the Emergency Management Institute located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. During this trip, these individuals will gain knowledge and training in CERT operations and disaster preparedness. With the completion of this course, the Molalla Fire District will have three employees recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to teach CERT classes. It is now our goal as community members to pass along the knowledge gained in such classes to create a safer, more prepared community. We hope to teach its citizens the skills necessary to mitigate the devastating effects of large-scale disasters in our community.

What are the commitments of being a CERT member?

Those interested in becoming a CERT member will participate in regular drills aimed at developing the skills necessary to properly mitigate disasters. The course contents includes…
1. Disaster Preparedness.
2. Disaster Medical Operations: Part 1.
3. Disaster Medical Operations: Part 2.
4. Light Search and Rescue Operations.
5. Disaster Psychology and Team Organization.
6. Course Review and Disaster Simulation.
After completing the course, CERT members will perform a disaster simulation activity. The next disaster scenario will take place on July 25th, 2015.

Contact us for more information about signing up to be a CERT member.