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Greene County CERT Training

CERT provides basic disaster preparedness and response training to the public.  A typical CERT class includes 24 hours of training covering

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • The National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Basic First-Aid
  • Small-Fire Suppression
  • Light Search & Rescue Techniques
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • CERT Organization

The class concludes with a practical exercise in which you'll respond to a simulated disaster to practice skills learned in the classroom.

The course fee for the basic class is $20 per person unless otherwise stated.

Classes will be held at the Public Safety Center: 330 W. Scott St. Springfield, MO 65802

* Participants must attend all three classes to complete the CERT training course and receive a certificate.

Training/Event Date Time
- Fall CERT Course 1 Sep. 17 9:00am-4:00pm
- Fall CERT Course 2 Sep. 24 9:00am-4:00pm
- Fall CERT Course 3 Oct. 8 9:00am-4:00pm
- National Mass Care Exercise Aug. 24 10:00am-2:00pm

To register for any of our classes or to help at events, please send an email to our CERT Director with your name and contact phone number.



After completing CERT basic training, you'll have the option to register with the Office of Emergency Management as an official CERT volunteer.  As a registered member, your name will be added to a pool of core volunteers the OEM may call upon for assistance in a variety of roles during disasters (ice storms, tornadoes, floods, etc.) or pre-planned events (fairs, parades, concerts, etc.).  You will also be eligible for enhanced training in a variety of disaster preparedness & response courses we offer only to registered volunteers.

Registration is easy; all you need to do is fill out a volunteer application form and submit to a background check.  By registering as a CERT member, you are agreeing to abide by the policies set forth in our standard operating guidelines (SOGs) while acting in an official CERT capacity.  A copy of our volunteer registration form and background check procedures can be found below, along with a copy of our SOGs.

CERT Application & Background Check

Greene County CERT SOGs

If you have any questions, please contact the CERT director at the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management by telephone at 417-869-6040 or by emailing our CERT Director.

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The Springfield-Greene County CERT Animal Response Team (CART) is a group of trained CERT volunteers who coordinate animal response efforts during times of disaster. CART partners with the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Southwest Missouri to faciliate training of volunteers and activation of animal response.

For more information about the CART program, contact our office at 417-869-6040 or email our CERT Director.