Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

CERT is a training program that allows civilians and government employees to take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives. During emergencies citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the medical emergencies by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it during emergencies when government response capabilities are spread thin.

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Volunteer Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to serve your neighbors and your city! The City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has many different opportunities to contribute to community safety, and we appreciate your interest commitment to support emergency operations. Below please see all of the opportunities we currently have available.

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Pittsburgh CERT

Volunteer to be a member of a Pittsburgh Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. CERT is a positive approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens actions, and ability to respond to the needs of their neighborhoods can make an incredible difference.

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