|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. Join Now!
Cert Training Will Help You Be Better Prepared
"THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT"
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
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
you a Boca Raton CERT Graduate?
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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 Jesus Barrera or Jonathan Vought, Public
Information and Education Officer at (561) 367-6764 for
You are required
to wear your CERT ID for all training.
For further information please contact Jesus Barrera or Jonathan Vought, CERT/Citizens
Corps Coordinator program at (561 )367-6764
Download an application here (PDF)
Applications must be printed, filled out and may be faxed
to (561) 982-4050 or mailed to:
Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services
Attn: Jesus Barrera or Jonathan Vought, CERT Program
6500 Congress Avenue, Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL, 33487
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.
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.
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.
Our organizational 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 Citizen Corps!
Public education, training and volunteer opportunities to support community and
to 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
Boca 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
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.
for 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.
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
All recruits 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 Lead Advisor (561) 982-4012