No. I am not paid. As such, I am a member of Michigans Citizen Corps CERT Team of the year 2013, and have personally just received The Presidential
Service Award for my time in volunteering.
There are many different tests and certifications. If you volunteer, all are paid for and you take the classes and training(a) and become certified in
them. Homeland Security/FEMA/State Police/Citizen Corps/Emergency Mngmnt Institute in Washington foots the bill for your training.
I have taken and am certified in the following few just to give you an idea of the wide breadth of training we get.
CPR, AED, First Aid,(Adults, children and infants all 3 for each), ADLS Advanced Disaster Life Support
My specialty-Medical Triage (EMT/Triage) ie: Wounded-Walking, Ambulatory, Serious and Dead or Dying
Incident Command, Search and Rescue, Cribbing, Teamwork
Helicopter Landing Zones (how to establish one), Criminal Detention Rights
Animals is Disasters, and yes…Dog CPR
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Haz Mat, Confined Space Rescue
Natural Disasters-Tornados, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Heat, Wildfires, Floods, Ice Storms etc
SCBA-Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
Fire Safety, Food Handling and Storage
Railroad and Chemical Accidents
Bio-Hazards, Radiological and Nuclear Accidents and Disasters
I am certified in all the above. Im not sure what tests your friend took, but Im assuming it was psychological pre-testing for some or parts of the
above. Depending…not everyone takes the same testing.
So, when someone posts that “there MUST be something up with FEMA because….” Its generally not-true. And we all should be glad that we train as
much as we do, keep an ever changing supply of food, medicines, and disaster needs ready all the time.
You may see a bunch of vehicles or see large orders of food, guns, supplies, gas…whatever. IT DOES NOT MEAN SOMETHING IS COMING RIGHT
NOW-HERE-TODAY-THEY-KNOW-SOMETHING etc….. But, we’re ready when it does. And still, we will continue tomorrow, next week, next year and until
such a time as we no longer HAVE to be prepared.
I do thank you for asking and I encourage everyone to contact your local police, fire and city emergency managers to ask how you can help us...help
each other in times of crisis.
edit on 05/05/13 by mysterioustranger because: spelling