|Fire Rescue Services
6500 Congress Ave. #200
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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The City of Boca Raton realized that properly trained citizens
can become a tremendous resource in the event of a disaster. As a result, in
1998 Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services introduced a citizen training program known
as CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The CERT program is designed
to focus on disasters and other emergencies. Please check out the
CERT Boca Raton Web Site for more information.
What if a HURRICANE, FLOOD, TORNADO or MAN-MADE disaster were to
strike? Would you know what to do? Are you prepared? Get involved.
Cert Training Will Help You Be Better Prepared
"THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT"
CERT Course is 9 consecutive weeks,
every Wednesday from 6-9 PM. Classes will be held at
the Fire Administration Building
6500 Congress Avenue, Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL 33487.
1st Week ...teaches basic fire suppression, team and
personal safety considerations, and an introduction to the problems associated
with Hazardous Materials incidents.
2nd & 3rd Week ...disaster medical operations. Recognizing
and treating life threatening injuries, triage, splinting, bandaging and basic
4th Week ...makes the student aware of various types of
major emergencies that often affect South Florida, the Emergency Management
System, and the process of disaster recovery.
5th Week...explains different types of terrorism, weapons
of mass destruction, personal protection and safety. Taught by Boca Raton Police
6th & 7th Week ...teaches light search & rescue
operations; size-up, search methods, patterns and safety precautions.
8th Week ...focuses on CERT operations before a hurricane;
long term planning, how to organize a neighborhood, evaluate available resources
and identify people with special needs.
9th Week ...deals with "post-storm" team operations;
facing problems in organizing teams under emergency conditions and operating a
neighborhood "command post". The student learns concepts, disaster psychology,
damage assessment and documentation.
Next Class Schedule: TBA
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Boca Raton Fire Rescue CERT program offers continuing education classes free of
charge to all CERT Team Leaders and CERT Members. Classes will be limited in
size, and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Norm Engel,
Division Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org for
You are required to wear your CERT ID for all
For additional information please contact Division Chief Norm Engel at email@example.com
If interested in joining CERT contact the City Volunteer Coordinator for more information at (561) 393-7770
Applications must be printed, filled out and may be faxed to (561) 982-4050
or mailed to:
Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services
Attn: Norm Engel, Division Chief
6500 Congress Avenue, Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL, 33487
A component of President Bush’s USA Freedom Corps, Citizen
Corps creates opportunities for individuals to volunteer. Boca Raton Citizen
Corps is a way for people to get involved with their families and their
community; to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond
to all types of disasters. Citizen Corps is about engaging individuals through
education, training, and volunteer services.
Or contact the City Volunteer Coordinator at (561) 393-7770 for more information
Development of a
safer, more disaster resistant community through the coordination and networking
of first responder agencies under an umbrella organization known as Citizen
Corps. Citizen Corps activities will be designed to recruit, refer, and help
provide opportunities for education and training citizen volunteers to prevent
or mitigate disaster and to provide assistance when they do occur.
The vision of Boca
Raton Citizen Corps and its affiliate organizations is to:
City of Boca Raton
- Strengthen the regions ability to prevent crime and terrorism and respond to
- Help our Community feel more prepared and secure.
- Build stronger coordination and collaboration between all the organizations in
the City of Boca Raton. These groups are dedicated to making communities a
better place for all of our citizens and visitors.
- Enable citizens and organizations to respond to the President’s request for a
more coordinated approach to Homeland Security and service to the community.
Fire Rescue Services Department
2333 W Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431-7311
- Operate as Council liaison among participating agencies
- Communicate and facilitate efforts between agencies
- Increase Citizen Corps Awareness through public and private sector awareness
- Encourage partnership plan among public and private sector organizations to
participate with Citizen Corps initiatives
- Encourage volunteer participation
- Develop cross functional teams among participating volunteer programs
- Build a volunteer data bank for City of Boca Raton.
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principles are to keep things simple, to build on what already exists and avoid
duplication, to avoid any semblance of bureaucracy and to be inclusive.
Learn more about Boca Raton
Public education, training and volunteer opportunities to support community and
excellence in meeting the fire protection and pre-hospital emergency medical
needs of the community, the Fire Rescue Services Department serves the residents
and visitors of Boca Raton with dedication, quality and proactive services.
Our mission: “The City of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services
Department is fully committed to preventing and minimizing the loss of life and
property through the delivery of the highest quality, effective, and efficient
emergency fire suppression service, emergency medical service, hazardous
material emergency response, fire prevention, and public education service to
the people of Boca Raton. We are dedicated to excellence, professionalism,
courtesy and devotion to duty.”
Emergency Response Team (CERT), offered by the City of Boca Raton Fire
Department, trains citizens to keep themselves, their families, and their
neighbors safe during a disaster until professional help can arrive. Training
topics include:disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, light search
and rescue, fire suppression, pre/post storm operations, and homeland security.
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Raton Regional Hospital (BRCH) personnel and Emergency Management Team actively
participate in the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and other
emergency preparedness trainings with Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services.
BRCH is a member of the Healthcare Response Coalition of Palm
Beach County (HERC) that is comprised of thirteen acute care hospitals and other
organizations that work together on a community-wide response to both natural
and terrorist disaster events through collaborative training, exercises, and
standardized emergency response protocol development.
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Neighborhood Watch, offered by the Boca Raton Police services Department, is a
program that empowers citizens to look out for suspicious activity in their
neighborhood, and report that activity to law enforcement and to each other. The
training will address a wide variety of crime prevention topics. Training dates
and times are flexible.
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American Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach Chapter offers numerous and flexible
training options for volunteers, including Health and Safety Instructor
training, Community Disaster Education, Damage Assessment, Disaster Action Team,
Disaster Health Services, Family Services, Logistics, Mass Care, Public Affairs
in Disaster, Shelter Operations, and International Relief and Development. Red
Cross volunteer training is free, available to people to 12 years and older, and
offered throughout the year-during weekends and weekdays, daytime and evenings.
will enter as an Explorer Candidate.
1. Explorer Candidate - must successfully pass these
initial classes to be recognized as an Explorer and to remain an active member
of the Post. After completing these courses you will be eligible to visit
selected fire stations and participate in the ride along program.
- Basic First Aid
- Blood Born Pathogens
- Firefighter Orientation and Safety
- Tools and Equipment
- Fire Department Rules and Regulation
2. Explorer - must take and successfully pass all classes
to remain an active member of the Post. Classes are taken from Fire Essentials
I. Classes include but are not limited to:
- Fire Behavior
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Portable Extinguishers
- Ropes and Knots
- Water Supply
- Fire Streams
If you are interested in becoming an EXPLORER, please contact: Boca Raton Fire
Rescue Services Explorer Program 6500 Congress Avenue, Suite 200, Boca Raton, FL
33487 Jesus Barrera or Jonathan Vought (561) 982-4012
Fax: (561) 982-4050