Community Emergency Response Team Program

Windham Region, Connecticut

Basic CERT Training begins April 2, 2014 and will run on Wednesday evenings through May. Training is free-of-charge and open to anyone age 18 or older in the region. No prior training required. Classes will be held at Mansfield Community Center, Mansfield, CT. Pre-register with Dagmar Noll at 860-456-2221 or cert@wincog.org.

Basic & Advanced CERT Training in Connecticut's Windham Region

In the event of a severe emergency or disaster, it may be many hours or even days before emergency responders can assist you. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training can teach you to help yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your community prepare for and respond to such an event.

Basic and advanced training opportunities, as well as related meeting notices, will be posted in the calendar.

Basic CERT Training


Cribbing ExerciseBasic CERT Training consists of 23 hours of in-class and hands-on training. Participants are trained to:

and more.

Individuals completing the CERT training may be affiliated with a team formed through a neighborhood association, a private business, a municipality, a school, or a nonprofit association.


Local CERT Instructors Local firefighter/CERT instructor oversees volunteers practicing fire suppression.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers have included local firefighters, paramedics, American Red Cross volunteers, psychologists, social workers, and HAM radio operators.

Advanced Training

Graduates of Basic CERT Training are encouraged to take National Incident Management IS-700 (Introduction to NIMS), IS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command System), and IS-200 (Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents), all available on-line. Graduates joining teams are required to take NIMS IS-700 and IS-100.

Beyond the NIMS training, each CERT sets its own requirements and recommendations for advanced training. Past training has included American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid and American Red Cross Shelter Operations training.