One of the most important traits of an effective emergency response volunteer is being well trained. To that end the Palatine Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), Palatine Citizen Corps and all of its teams and programs insist that volunteers’ training is relevant, consistent and current.
Every emergency response volunteer whether working on a response team or in an administrative capacity is required to take certain key training that puts everyone on the same level of basic understanding. These classes include the FREE 20½ hour FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, ICS-100 the Incident Command System, ICS-700 the National Incident Management System, and a one hour Orientation on the Palatine Emergency Management Agency programs, teams and volunteer opportunities.
The CERT training and Orientation are offered multiple times a year at various times. (Click on the blue CERT Training bar on our Home Page for more information on the CERT training.) The ICS classes are FEMA online classes that only take an hour or two to complete. You can find those classes at www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/crslist.asp.