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 one of our training classes 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 class sessions will be held evenings from 7-10 pm at the Lake Zurich Fire Protection District Station #1, 321 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.

Training consists of the following sessions/topics:

  • CALL-OUT PROCEDURES
  • COMMUNICATIONS, CERT ORGANIZATION PART I and PART II
  • CPR
  • DISASTER MEDICAL PART I and PART II
  • DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
  • DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY, CERT & TERRORISM
  • FIRE SAFETY AND UTILITY CONTROL
  • FIRST AID
  • SEARCH & RESCUE
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • WRITTEN EXAM AND DISASTER SIMULATION

SLCRCERT 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 SLCRCERT 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 more information about joining our team and training class schedules, please contact:

Lead Instructor Randy James 312-835-4742 or Instructor Bethany Geschke 224-456-3938