James Marple – Guest Contributor
Oct 7 2016
CERT Basic Training Open for Registration



Central Standard Time



Sachse EOC Training Room, FS #1
3815-D Sachse Road
Sachse, Texas 75048


CERT training is much like car insurance. You might never need it, you hope you won’t. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in emergency situations.

 Class members receive 18 hours of initial training. The classes will be held on two Saturdays, June 22 and 29 from 8am-6pm. The class is open to anyone 18 or older from Sachse and surrounding communities on a space-available basis.

The classes will be held in the Sachse EOC training room which is located in Sachse at 3815-D Sachse Rd, next to Fire Station 1. To register, go to and go to the CERT page. Download the application and email to Registration deadline is June 14 and seats are filled in the order the applications are received.

CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and medical operations. You will learn how to prepare for emergencies, what supplies you should NOWhave in your home, how much food and water are needed but most importantly, how to protect your family in an emergency.

It is important to know that if a major disaster occurs, Sachse Fire-Rescue and Police WILL NOT COME! They will be deployed FIRST to major incidents such as collapsed buildings or other large-scale events. This is why you constantly hear…You MUST be prepared to take care of yourself. In the CERT course they say…

”The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People”

 When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances without needing aid from outside sources. Remember that in a major disaster, you may be on your own for many hours or even days.

 Take CERT training for:


Your Family

Your Workplace

Your Neighborhood

CERT Course Class Topics

  • Personal and Family Preparedness
  • Tornado Preparation
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Medical Operations
  • Medical Triage
  • Damage Assessment
  • Fire Suppression
  • Fire Chemistry
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Utility Control
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Full Disaster Simulation

If a major tornado hits or disaster hits, do you…

Have enough supplies for a minimum of 72 hours up to an entire month for all your family members, including pets?

Know how to turn off the gas?

Know how to safely turn off electricity?

Know how to apply first aid?

Have enough water for all of your family and your pets?

Have provisions for living outside your home for a length of time if the structure is compromised?

How to help yourself, your family and neighbors?


Lieutenant James Marple

Sachse CERT / RACES Liaison