Cert Training

Community Emergency Response Team training is a Department of Homeland Security program managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that educates citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them in lifesaving skills. If needed following a disaster, these citizen-responders use their training as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available.

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Humanitarian Assistance Program are encouraging Caribbean communities to train CERTs so that they can perform essential lifesaving functions while waiting for professional responders following a disaster. National Disaster Coordinators (NDC) in their respective countries can manage or facilitate the development of this program in the region.

Purpose of the program

CERT members provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources when they arrive. CERT promotes a partnering between emergency management and response agencies and the people in the community that they serve. The goal is to train members of neighborhoods and workplaces in basic response skills. Then CERT teams are formed and maintained as part of the emergency response capability for their area.

If there is a natural or man-made event that overwhelms or delays the community’s professional responders, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during their CERT training. These skills can help save and sustain lives until help arrives. CERT members also can volunteer for special projects that improve a community’s preparedness.

How it works

The basic CERT training program is a 24-hour course, typically delivered one evening per week over a 7-week period. Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization, and a new module on terrorism to educate CERT members about BNICE agents: Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosive. This module will help CERT members identify situations where these agents may have been used and protective actions that they should take.

Click to download “How to organize a CERT Team

TRAIN-the-TRAINER (T-T-T) Program

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The 5-day, 40 hour TtT course will prepare instructors to train members of their communities in topics including disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and team organization and management. This Train the Trainer program is also intended to familiarize emergency program managers and instructors with course content and prepare them to market, promote, and administer this self-help emergency management program in their jurisdictions.

The training concludes with a disaster simulation in which participants practice skills that they learned throughout the course. CERT information including a CERT Instructor Guide and Student Guide is located on the web at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/cert/index.htm. The instructors Guide and Student Text will be provided to participants at the beginning of the T-T-T Course.

Who should attend

Ideally, local instructional teams should be made up of emergency program managers and fire service and medical personnel who, by working together, can implement the program in their jurisdiction. People who have attended EMI’s Resident CERT TtT should not apply for this course.

PRE- REQUISITES for Instructors

Emergency Program Managers: Member of the emergency management community who will promote, organize, and administer the CERT program in conjunction with local CERT trainers.

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CERT Trainers: Prior Instructional skills and certification in first aid, firefighting, or rescue techniques is helpful.

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Community CPR

When lives are at stake…Quality training makes a difference!

Authorized Provider Of CPR and ECC Courses

The Rescue Academy is committed to providing state-of-the-art training in Advanced, Basic, and Pediatric Life Support to healthcare professionals as well as the lay community.

As healthcare professionals we are all committed to the “chain of survival”. The “chain of survival” concept was first introduced in the American Heart Association’s Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care published in 2000. The chain of survival is a metaphor that illustrates a series of related interventions that will improve the outcomes of victims of cardiac and respiratory emergencies.

Each link in the chain identifies an early intervention: early access (call 9-1-1), early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced life support. Each early intervention requires the training of persons ranging from the lay rescuer, to the first responder, to EMTs, to the emergency room physician. This training is delivered through the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training network.

The St. Croix Rescue Academy “CPR NOW!” Program recognizes that healthcare providers have knowledge and skills acquired over years of retraining and clinical experience. Our new Health Care Provider Renewal Course allows the healthcare provider to complete many of the required course components at home, work or over the Internet.

It’s so easy……….

Work at your own pace at home or at the office. After successful completion of our study at home program or the AHA online portion come to our Training Center for your skills check off. This should only one (1) hour maximum.

Early Action Can Save a Life.


Course Descriptions

BLS Healthcare Provider Course

The BLS Healthcare Provider Course teaches CPR skills for helping victims of all ages (including doing ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen); use of an automated external defibrillator (AED); and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It's intended for participants who provide heath care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital. For certified or non certified, licensed or non licensed healthcare professionals.

Course Length: 6-8 hours

Written/Skills Exam: Required for completion card

Intended Audience

Healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician's assistants, residents or fellows, or medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel.

Required Student Text and Materials:

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Recommended for licensed or certified healthcare professionals.


Fundamentals of BLS for Healthcare Providers

Recommended for non-licensed providers and those with a minimal healthcare background who are required to take this course for employment.

Public Training Courses

Heartsaver CPR in Schools

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schools implement the Heartsaver CPR in Schools program.

The Heartsaver AED Course

The Heartsaver AED Course teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR and how to use an AED. Students also learn about using barrier devices in CPR and giving first aid for choking.

Heartsaver CPR

The Heartsaver CPR Course is modular and teaches lay rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child, and infant victims.

The Heartsaver First Aid Course

This course provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel.

Heartsaver FACTS Course

The Heartsaver FACTS Course combines adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic first aid procedures. Students of this course will be taught how to perform adult CPR, relieve a foreign-body airway obstruction, use a barrier device during rescue breathing, use an AED and provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses.

CPR for Family and Friends

The CPR for Family and Friends course teaches rescuers skills in CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. It covers the AHA Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults, infants and children.

For details on our new “CPR NOW!” please call the Rescue Academy at (340) 718-6358

Training Makes a Difference . . . . ..

A few more good reasons why you should choose the St. Croix Rescue Academy

It’s convenient . . . . Just let us know what works for your schedule - even weekends, evenings or holidays. And we can train anywhere you want - right in your organization’s conference room, for example. Your people won’t have to leave the workplace.

Our EMS trainers are the best . . . period. We choose only the pros who have a proven track record of training effectiveness, professionalism, and expertise. They’re exciting communicators who’ll provide you with one of the most interesting classes you’ve been to.

The value is unbeatable . . . Practical and realistic Life saving skills is emphasized. On-site Training right to your company’s doorsteps.

Our guarantee is unconditional, straightforward and the very best in the Virgin Islands.

How can we be so confident? Because we work hard before the course to make sure you’re happy after the course. Pertinent, up-to-date information and emergency skills you can really use, and instructors who grab your attention and takes you on an exciting journey, full of fun and facts. We believe you’ll love every minute of it. Hundreds of satisfied participants from around the Virgin Islands are sold on St. Croix Rescue Academy’s training program. Why not join them.


Weapons of Mass Destruction - Awareness

Emergency Responder Awareness Training

WMD Response Training Awareness Level Course

(4 hour and 8 hour format)
This is an entry level orientation program offered at the Rescue Academy. The seminar utilizes a slide presentation and student handouts to introduce course participants to response procedures to terrorist bombing incidents. The course is designed to heighten the awareness of the First Responder and prepare them to perform effectively during incidents of terrorism involving energetic material. This course is sanctioned by the US department of Homeland Security.

Certificate of Completion for this course is issued by the:

US Department of Homeland Security

The Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Series of training programs are coordinated by LEPC. The curriculum covers the fundamental skills and techniques necessary to function in the Terrorist Bombing environment.

Success in deterring, preventing and responding to a terrorist attack in the US Virgin Islands, involving conventional or non-conventional weapons of mass destruction (WMD), relies on the establishment and maintenance of robust crisis and consequences management infrastructure. Emergency responders must be adequately trained, equipped, exercised and funded, in order to ensure their ability to effectively respond and conduct relief recovery operations, as part of an interagency team.

Target audience

Emergency and disaster first response groups such as fire departments, the Red Cross, CERTs, Police, Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Management Personnel, Public Works Supervisory Personnel, Business and Industry Personnel, and rescue groups associated with Civil Defense protection.

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Training curriculum includes:

  • Introduction and Orientation
  • The Terrorist Threat
  • Recognition and Identification of energetic material
  • Incident Response
  • Explosives
  • Commercial and Military Explosives
  • Energetic Materials
  • Improvised Explosives
  • Fertilizer Bases Improvised Explosives
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (Pipe Bombs, Letter Bombs and Package Bombs)
  • Airblast / Post-Blast Pathology
  • Forensics and Evidence Preservation
  • Incident Scene Operations
  • Airblast Effect on Structures

The Incident Response to Terrorist Course provides the necessary training to deal with the multiple challenges that face initial responders during incidents of terrorism involving energetic material. Call the Rescue Academy at (340) 692-9400 for the 2005 WMD Training Calendar. The Next course is schedule for Jan 2005.