Providence Emergency Management Agency offers a variety of training opportunities for members of our community and volunteers. Courses offered include Until Help Arrives, CPR, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class as well as training on a variety of topics held at the monthly volunteer meetings.
Until Help Arrives (UHA)
Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. “You Are the Help Until Help Arrives” is a four-hour course that teaches five simple steps that may save a life:
- Call 9-1-1
- Stay Safe
- Stop the Bleeding
- Position the Injured
- Provide Comfort
Anyone can learn CPR and be prepared to act in the event of a cardiac emergency. Performing CPR promptly may save the life of someone you love. CPR class will equip you with the tools and confidence you need to transform yourself from the role of bystander to lifesaver!
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team Program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:
- Learn how to safely respond to man-made and natural hazards
- Help organize basic disaster response
- Promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events
Monthly volunteer meetings provide an opportunity to engage in a variety of different trainings. Previous volunteer trainings include:
- Volunteer reception training
- Medical Point of Distribution (MED POD) training
- Crowd management
- Shelter management training
- General radio operations
- Active Shooter awareness
- Disaster Assessment training
- Critical Incident Stress management
- Basic search and rescue training
- Narcan administration training
Email Patrick Fitzgerald at for more information on training or to reserve a seat in a class.