Who are the Pennsylvania Volunteers?
They are people who care about their families, their neighbors, and their community. They care about others. They are your neighbors, your coworkers, your fellow church goers, they are YOU.
They are trained to support first responders during emergencies, times of strife, or disasters.
Do I have to be a certain age or have special qualifications to participate?
Pennsylvania Volunteers welcomes and has a place for those of all ages 14 and up and all skill levels.
How do Pennsylvania Volunteers work with first responders and emergency personnel in my area?
Our goal is to form good
working relationships with county Emergency Management agencies as well as
other government officials and agencies (County Commissioners, Sheriff’s
Offices, local police, fire and ambulance departments etc.) to form a cohesive
county Citizens Corps Advisory Council.
These Councils will identify the training path as well as any needed
special training. These various
trainings can then be given by the Pennsylvania Volunteers or one of our
certified affiliate organizations, so that the local area volunteers might best
be equipped to serve as support for all the counties first responder
What is the difference between CERT and Citizens Corp teams?
CERT teams may be activated to respond to emergencies by Emergency Management, Emergency Responders, or VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) organizations. CERT Teams take a specialized training track so they can better assist these organizations in a supportive role.
Citizen Corps teams take basic community emergency response training that helps them in serving their local communities in activities such as Neighborhood Watch, Ministry In Action, Search & Rescue, Fire Corps, and Medical Reserve Corps.
What does the basic CERT training consist of?
Basic CERT training consists of disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical services, light search & rescue, disaster psychology, team organization, and disaster simulation.