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Our team is always looking for potential recruits to join us. Would you like to learn valuable skills to help protect yourself, your family and your community? We hope that you'll consider supporting your community by attending our Winter 2017 training class and joining our CERT.

We will cover a chapter of the CERT training at each meeting, building upon and reinforcing the concepts and materials from prior classes.   Classes are typically a mix of lectures, discussion, and hands-on practice to develop skills and confidence. Each class is taught by a subject matter expert.

Most sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 7-10pm, plus one Saturday morning for a total of 11 classes. All classes are held at the Lake Zurich Fire Protection District Station #1, 312 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.  

The Winter 2017 South Lake County Regional (SLCR) CERT training class will begin Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Training consists of the following:

  • 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.
  • FIRE SAFETY AND UTILITY CONTROLS: 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.
  • DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • 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.
  • LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and, most important, rescuer safety.
  • CERT ORGANIZATION: Addresses CERT organization and management principles, team safety and the need for documentation.
  • DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker.
  • TERRORISM AND CERT: CERT protocols for terrorist incidents and protective action following an event.
  • CERT EVENT COMMUNICATIONS: Training on and practice with the radio equipment used for communications. Emphasis on communications protocols and proper techniques required for successful intercommunication within CERT and with our local municipalities. 
  • 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 sessions.

SLCR CERT will provide trainees with required personal protective equipment (gloves, goggles, mask, helmet) and disaster supplies (bandages, dressings, flashlight and other tools). These will be used during the training sessions and  form the start of individual/family disaster preparedness kits.

Upon graduation, you can (optionally) join the all volunteer SLCR CERT and help support our communities – at a wide variety of scheduled community service events, and/or in support of emergency events to assist our local fire and police departments in Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Deer Park, and unincorporated Ela Township. You do not need to be a resident of these communities to be a member.


For further information, email our CERT class Lead Instructor Randy James or LZFD Division Chief Mickey Wenzel.

If you are interested in registering for the Winter 2017 SLCR CERT training class, please complete a registration form.