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CERT courses added for 2019

The Southern Nevada CERT program is preparing for a busy 2019.

More than a dozen course offerings are now available for registration, with more on the way. The courses are being offered in several areas in southern Nevada, including Henderson, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Mesquite, North Las Vegas, and Pahrump.

Courses are typically offered once a week for six weeks; or during a two-day intensive course that spans one or two weekends.

To find a course that fits your schedule, visit our Class Registration Page.

Varian Medical Systems employees learn CERT skills

Nearly two dozen employees of Varian Medical Systems are better prepared for disasters after completing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course.

The course took place December 1st and December 8th. The employees who went through the CERT course learned many life-saving skills such as emergency first aid, cribbing, search and rescue and more.

Twenty three Varian employees completed the course. Congratulations to them and thanks to Varian for hosting the classes.

Civil Air Patrol cadets learn CERT skills

Members of the Nevada Wing of the  Civil Air Patrol learned essential life-saving skills through a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course this month.

The two-day course took place June 2nd and June 9th at the Coral Academy of Science, Sandy Ridge Campus.

The cadets learned fire suppression, search and rescue, cribbing and more.

Seventeen cadets graduated from the CERT course. Congratulations to all who participated.

Southern Nevada CERT instructor earns local honor

The October 1, 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas ended the lives of 58 people; hundreds more were injured. Some of the more than 20,000 concert-goers, however, survived thanks to the quick actions of people who attended the event.

One of those heroes is Southern Nevada CERT instructor Fernandez Leary.

Leary was attending the concert with family and friends. When the shooting started, his experience as a former fire chief and paramedic took over. Leary helped administer first aid to many people who sustained injuries from the shooting. 

Now, Fernandez Leary is being recognized for his efforts. The American Red Cross of Southern Nevada named Fernandez Leary as one of the organization's 2018 Everyday Heroes. The annual awards are presented by the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada and Caesar's Entertainment, with support from KLAS-TV, Channel 8.

Thanks to Fernandez Leary for his life-saving actions at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and thanks to the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada for giving him this much-deserved honor.

First full-scale CERT exercise held in Southern Nevada

Nearly 70 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers participated in southern Nevada's first full-scale CERT exercise on Saturday, March 10. The day-long event provided the volunteers, all of whom had previously completed the CERT course, the opportunity to learn new skills and practice what they learned in a realistic scenario.

During the first half of the day, the volunteers learned how to provide medical treatment and medical triage; how to implement cribbing techniques; and how to conduct search and rescue operations (including wall breaches).

The second half of the the day was the exercise itself, which simulated a military jet crash into an apartment complex. The volunteers were sent to the simulated crash scene in teams that assessed damage, provided medical first aid, searched for potential victims and more. Most of the participants said they found the exercise educational and fun and look forward to additional exercises in the future.

Special thanks to the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Training Center for providing the location and resources for the exercise, as well as the city of Las Vegas Explorer program, the EMS Training Center of Southern Nevada, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the City of Henderson Ready Crew and the North Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management for providing dozens of volunteers. The Southern Nevada CERT program also wishes to thank Firehouse Subs for providing lunch for those in attendance.

North Las Vegas hosts first Spanish CERT course

More than a dozen Spanish speaking valley residents are better prepared for emergencies, thanks to the first Spanish CERT course in Southern Nevada.

The two-day course took place at the North Las Vegas Fire Administration Building February 17th and 18th. The course offered free training to students on potentially life-saving skills such as: search and rescue, small fire suppression, basic first aid and triage.

Thirteen residents graduated from the course, which was educational and fun for them and for the instructors.

Congratulations to all of the graduates.

Announcing the First Southern Nevada CERT Exercise

The Southern Nevada CERT program, in coordination with the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Fire Training Center, is proud to invite you to participate in the first, full-scale CERT exercise.

The day will begin by reviewing selected topics from the CERT curriculum, as well as teaching enhanced areas of emergency response training. The morning and early afternoon will consist of hands-on teaching activities. Teaching topics to be covered include: medical triage, medical treatment, search and rescue, wall breaching, and cribbing.

The training will culminate in an afternoon exercise providing you the opportunity to perform your skills in various emergency rescue tasks in an outdoor setting on the grounds of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Fire Training Center.

Date:  Saturday, March 10, 2018

Location:  Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Fire Training Center

                       633 North Mojave Rd. 

                       Las Vegas, 89101.

Time:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Check-in begins at 7 a.m.)

Minimum Required Equipment:  You must bring your CERT backpack with at least the following items: CERT vest, hard hat, goggles, 4-in-1 tool, and work gloves. A bag check will be performed when you check in prior to your being allowed to participate. Please ensure all of the above listed equipment is in your bag. You will NOT be allowed to participate if your bag does not have the required equipment.

Required Dress:  You must wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed toe shoes. Sunscreen is highly encouraged as this will be an outdoor activity.

All participants MUST be CERT graduates, and be over 18 years of age.

Most of the activities will be outdoors, rain or shine. Please monitor the weather and dress accordingly.

Advance registration is required, and seats are limited. If you are interested in attending, please register at

Southern Nevada CERT adds classes in 2018

The Southern Nevada CERT program will be hitting the ground running to start off the new year. Building off 2017, when the program saw its class offerings and student enrollment grow substantially, Southern Nevada CERT is already adding new courses in 2018.

Program Specialist Mary Camin has scheduled six course offerings that begin in January; five that begin in February; four that begin in March; five beginning in April; one in May and two classes in June. The larger number of classes is possible thanks to the recent hiring of new CERT instructors, bringing the total number of instructors to five.

The Southern Nevada CERT program will continue to add courses throughout the year. If you are interested in signing up for a class, visit the CERT calendar page.

A Community Shaken

Southern Nevada is more than just a collection of casinos. It’s a community, made up of people from all walks of life, connected by this wonderful area we call home.

That spirit was on display this month as the community rallied following a deadly mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that claimed the lives of 58 people who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1st.

Most who live in Southern Nevada were either directly affected by the tragedy or know someone who was. A CERT instructor, as well as a long-time volunteer were among those attending the festival. Both were unharmed, but immediately worked to provide first aid to numerous attendees.

Organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors have put in countless hours helping families of victims recover, as well as helping attendees retrieve their items left behind. 

Since the shooting occurred, the southern Nevada community has come together in remarkable ways. From the memorial that surfaced near the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, to a new Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas, to the millions of dollars raised for families of victims, southern Nevadans have demonstrated an unparalleled spirit of unity that proves those who live and work here embody the phrase “Vegas Strong.”

Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy, as well as their families and friends.

CERT-Trained Volunteers Needed for Texas Flood Relief

Based upon the devastation in Texas, the American Red Cross is launching an enormous enterprise-wide effort to recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers from communities around the country and get them to Texas in support of mass care efforts.

Sheltering, feeding, reunification, evacuation support and distribution of emergency supplies are top priorities in response to Hurricane Harvey. As such, the American Red Cross is opening deployment opportunities to its government, corporate, non-governmental and community partners (including the Community Emergency Response Team) in an effort to meet community needs away from home while building capacity close to home.


As a registered volunteer, the American Red Cross will pay travel and maintenance expenses, while you generously give your time, talents and hard work for a minimum two-week assignment. Level-setting on expectations, all responders should: 

  • Be in good health, expect a hard assignment and be flexible.  
  • Expect to stay in a staff shelter.  
  • Expect to work 10 hour days for the duration of their two-week assignment. 
  • Understand that travel to the relief operation may be long or delayed.
  • Completed background check, pre-assignment health questionnaire, and credentialing prior to departure. 
  • Be supported with just-in-time training through the American Red Cross in Utah and Texas.

Many local governmental and non-governmental employers generously support employee deployment options as part of their corporate-giving or capacity building strategy.  If you are employed full-time, you are encouraged to discuss leave options with your employer.

This is a great opportunity to help meet critical needs in Texas, while building capacity for Nevada.

If you wish to volunteer, please go to the American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities site and find the opportunity titled "Disaster Services Workforce - SNV: Responder".

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact JaLae Thomson, ARC Division Disaster State Relations Director at 801-707-4850 or 

Las Vegas 51s welcome CERT

Want to enjoy America's pastime and learn more about CERT? Come out to Cashman Field on Tuesday, June 13th as the Las Vegas 51s take on the Sacramento River Cats. 

We will have a table set up in the concourse and can answer questions about the Community Emergency Response Team. 

Tickets can be purchased here.

We hope to see you at Cashman Field. 

North Las Vegas City Council honors CERT volunteers

The North Las Vegas City Council on May 3rd honored CERT volunteers for their efforts to help Nevada Task Force One in February.

Volunteers Kim Clark, Richard Moore (not pictured), Walt Niedzwiecki and Maggie (Loretta) Niedzwiecki mobilized to Nevada Task Force One's North Las Vegas headquarters, where they prepared equipment and checked in the task force's volunteers. Nevada Task Force One deployed to northern Nevada as flooding ravaged areas in Lemmon Valley near Reno. CERT volunteers were instrumental in helping the team deploy quickly.

"These folks are tremendous. They are citizens of North Las Vegas, and they answered the call on very short notice," said North Las Vegas Emergency Manager Carlito Reyos. "These folks are not first responders, but they are the helpers for the first responders. These guys were trying to get out the door nine hours to the north to help our neighbors in northern Nevada, who were experiencing tremendous flooding. They couldn't have gotten out the door without these folks."

Watch the North Las Vegas City Council honor the CERT volunteers here.

Read the Las Vegas Review Journal's story about the volunteers' efforts here.

CERT featured in local news media

If you saw the Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) featured in local news media on April 1st, it wasn't an April Fool's joke; it was a chance to shine the spotlight on an important resource in the community.

Both Channel 3 News and the Las Vegas Review Journal came to the CERT course offered in North Las Vegas on April 1st.

Channel 3 News Reporter Kyndell Nunley spoke with CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin, North Las Vegas Emergency Manager Carlito Rayos and a few of the students attending the course about the importance of CERT.

Las Vegas Review Journal photojournalist Gabriella Benavidez, meanwhile, captured pictures of students as they practiced medical response techniques.

The course was timely given the wind storm that struck the Las Vegas valley on March 30th, which caused significant damage to several areas. During extreme weather events, first responders may not arrive to a scene quickly. CERT helps prepare people to provide first aid or extinguish small fires before emergency responders arrive.

If you have questions about the Southern Nevada CERT program, contact Mary Camin at

Learn emergency response skills in May

Have you ever wanted to learn how to prepare for disasters, administer basic first aid and put out fires? The Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) can help through free training.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Southern Nevada CERT are offering two free CERT courses in May.

The first six-week course runs every Tuesday, May 2nd to June 6th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at LVMPD Headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The second two-day course takes place May 20th to 21st at the city of Las Vegas Emergency Operations Center, 7551 Sauer Drive.

Both courses are open to the public. Those interested do not need to attend both courses to receive certificates of completion, however, advance registration is required.

Anyone with questions about CERT can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at

Free CERT training in April

If an emergency or disaster happens in your neighborhood, are you prepared to help yourself, your family or your neighbors? The Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) can help through free training.

The City of North Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course April 1st - 2nd.

The two-day course will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Fire Administration Building at 4040 Losee Road. This course is open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Anyone with questions about CERT can contact CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin at

CERT Featured on News 3 at 11

Do you know how to extinguish small fires in your home? That was the question asked on News 3 at 11 p.m. March 2nd in a story featuring the CERT program.

News 3 reporter Christy Wilcox spoke with Southern Nevada CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin, instructor William Way and a handful of students about the benefits of attending a CERT course. Wilcox herself even tried her hand at the fire pan, which trains students on fire suppression.

Special thanks to News 3 for the opportunity to discuss the CERT program. You can watch the story here.

If you have questions about CERT, contact Mary Camin at

Clark County Congratulates Moapa CERT Graduates

The Clark County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is extending its congratulations to six people who graduated from the CERT program February 28th.

The six students; James Reilly, Brian Burris, Kathryn Martel, Janelle Foster, Linette Graham and Dave Graham; completed the free CERT course in Moapa Valley.

Clark County OEM Preparedness & Recovery Coordinator Misty Richardson said in a statement:

"We continue to be in awe of the time and commitment these volunteers make so that they may best serve their families, neighbors and community during times of crisis.

This class represents the 2nd graduating class of CERT volunteers in the Moapa Valley area in over 11 years. Although this class was small, it was mighty, and we managed to receive commitments from all the graduates to participate in the deployable team of volunteers who may be utilized in times of disaster.

Our intention remains the same: to call upon our rural partners to help take action when the need arises, and to further invest time and resources into this great group of people who we can now call our friends, as well as our partners."

Southern Nevada CERT congratulates all of the volunteers who successfully passed the course.

For more information on the CERT program, contact Mary Camin at

Southern Nevada CERT Welcomes 16 New Graduates

The Southern Nevada CERT program welcomed 16 new graduates last week.

The 16 graduates attended the two-day CERT course at the Henderson Fire Training Center on February 25th and 26th.

Students learned about disaster preparedness, fire suppression and emergency medical response, among other topics.

City of Henderson Fire Department Chief Matthew Morris presented the graduates with their certificates of completion. Every student also received a free backpack filled with supplies.

Congratulations to all those who participated.

CERT Program Featured on KCLV-TV's City Beat

Viewers of KCLV-TV Channel 2, the city of Las Vegas television station, have the opportunity to learn more about the CERT program this week.

KCLV's Nancy Byrne is showcasing CERT on "City Beat" this week. During the segment, Byrne speaks with Southern Nevada CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin about the importance of CERT, how it helps first responders, and how people can sign up for the free course.

Watch the segment here

Free CERT course available in Las Vegas in March

The City of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free course beginning in March.

The six-week course will take place Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 1, 2017 through April 5, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Las Vegas Meadows Stake Center, 3200 N. Mustang Street, Las Vegas, NV 89108. The course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at

Free CERT course available in March

The City of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course beginning in March.

The five-week course will take place Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from March 16, 2017 through April 20, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Leisure Center at 101 Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89144. There will not be a class on Thursday, April 13th. This course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at

CERT program featured on 8 News NOW Good Day

Viewers of 8 News NOW Good Day had the opportunity to learn more about the CERT program.

CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin and City of Henderson Emergency Management Training and Exercise Coordinator Jeremy Hynds sat down with 8 News NOW Anchor Kirsten Joyce on February 14th. 

The interview discussed the importance of the CERT program for community preparedness, as well as the upcoming course in Henderson.

Watch the entire interview here.

If you have questions about the CERT program, contact Mary Camin at

Free CERT Course Available in Henderson

The City of Henderson and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course in February.

The two-day course will take place Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Road, Henderson, NV 89011. The course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at

CERT Inaugural Round Robin Exercise

On May 2, 2015, we had our inaugural CERT Round Robin exercise for our CERT members.  It was a fun day and gave everyone the opportunity to refresh their skills! 

We hope to do this again in the fall and look forward to having you all join us.

Below are some pictures from the exercise.

Thank you to all those that participated!  
Fire Extinguisher Training

Utilities Inspection

BBQ Inspection

Medical Operations 1

Medical Operations 2


Compliments for our Volunteers from Taskforce 1

This e-mail was received by us after our volunteers participated in a FEMA Search & Rescue drill held by Nevada Taskforce 1:

I hope the reports you receive from your volunteers were positive. From our perspective, they were just what the doctor ordered. They were all here early, attentive to our pre-briefings and made for a very realistic evening for our Responders who were going through the training.


Please convey our total appreciation for their efforts and willingness to help us out on a cold, windy evening out in the dark.


We look forward to working with them all again in the future. Next time I will try to give you just a little more advanced notice.


Tom Petrakis

On behalf of:

Nevada Task Force One

A Thank you for our Volunteers

I received this email from Michelle at IAEM expressing her thanks for all the help from our CERT volunteers.

Thank you to all of you and the volunteers you provided to help fill the registration bags for the IAEM Annual Conference. Your volunteers were some of the best I have ever had assist, and we were done in a record amount of time. We couldn’t have done it without you all.



Michelle Savoie

International Association of Emergency Managers-USA

201 Park Washington Ct.

Falls Church, VA 22046

703-538-1795 x1786 and


We would also like to express our thanks to all of our volunteers that helped out with the Rock and Roll Marathon. These functions could not run nearly as well without your help! Thanks so much for your time and effort!