Course Descriptions

Module One 1, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
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Big Quake in County Would Kill Hundreds
Student Manual 
 
Module 2, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.
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Basic Firefighting Tips
 
Module 3, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I, Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
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Module 4, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
 
Module 5, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
 
Module 6 DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker
 
Module 7, TEAM ORGANIZATION: Addresses CERT organization, ICS (Incident Command System), management principles and the need for documentation
 
Module 8, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Presents the goals and types of weapons used most commonly by terrorist.
 
Module 9, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.
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