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Welcome to the Spartanburg County CERT website.  This site will offer our CERT graduates, students, and prospective members a wealth of information about our program.  We hope you find it very informative and user friendly.  For those wishing to get a glimpse of what CERT has done in the past, I encourage you to navigate the main page (click on next button at the bottom of this page to see more headlines) or visit our 2005-2010 photo galleries (old website link).  For those wishing to see photos taken since 2011, please visit our Facebook and/or Flickr accounts.  If you have any questions about the Spartanburg County CERT program or would like to sign up, please click on the sign-up link on the left or call 864-595-5368.  To learn more about our program, please click on the About Us link.  If you wish to learn more about our SARdivision visit www.spartanburgsar.org.

Upcoming Classes/Events

 

Basic CERT - Begins January 26

 

 

Upcoming Advanced CERT Classes

 

         1/18/17 - Storm Ready Class –  – Please RSVP – 6pm-8pm – Location TBA based on RSVP #

      2/1-2/3, Man Tracking Class  – 2/3-2/5 Search Exercise - Classes take place in Richland NC – All Free –  For those wishing to take part in the weekend training we pay for the accomodation

      2/12/17 -  Mental Health – Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Overview and other pertinent Mental Health Topics –  – CERT Office 6:30pm -8:00pm

      3/4/17 – POD Training – FEMA Taught – 8am-2pm – Tyger River Campus Duncan

       April 1-2, 2017 – 8am-5pm Per211 - CBRNE Medical Response –

      4/15/17  - Companion Animal Shelter – – Taught by a Florida Animal Response Team – 8am-6pm – Tyger River Duncan Campus

      June 1(6pm-10pm), 2 (6pm-10pm), 3 (8am-5pm), 4 (8am-5pm) or  June 16, 16, 17, and 18 – same times -  Low Angle Ropes Rescue through the Fire Academy -  – awaiting which times they choose

       July 10, 11, and 12 -  Per334 SAR in Community Disaster - Spartanburg Community College – 6pm-10pm – 12 hour TEEX Course

 

Basic CERT - The Online Route

 

Currently there isn't a Basic CERT Class scheduled.  However, for those who do not want to wait for the next class, you can join our CERT program by completing the following courses and providing a background check:

IS-100.b

Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

IS-317

Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams 

IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

 

Once you complete these three classes call 864-595-5368.  From there you will receive instruction regarding the background check process.  It's simple and it doesn't cost you anything.  Our background checks are conducted by Verified Volunteers and after the phone conversation, an email from Verified will follow shortly thereafter.  Should you have any questions regarding this method of joining cert please call 864-595-5368.  Everyone who joins in this manner must participate in a Basic CERT exercise within one calendar year after joining.  Thank you for your interest in the Spartanburg County CERT program.

 

CERT LIBRARY

For those who are going through the program or have been through the program, we are attempting to create an online library.  This library will have the CERT participant guide, in-service PowerPoint's, and other CERT/Advanced CERT manuals/PowerPoint's.  To view the library, click on the link below:

 

CERT NEWS

 

CERT Opens Cold Weather Shelter - 1/6-1/7

CERT opened a Winter Weather Shelter open at High Point Academy - A special thanks to our 17 volunteers who helped suring the shelter activation. In addition, we want to give a special thanks to Fatz for their food donation, to Ambustar for transportation, to Public Works for plowing the parking lot, to High Point Academy for being so gracious to let us use their facilities, and to our 4 volunteer night crew.  Due to very minial power outages the shelter was closed on 1/7.

 

CERT Assist with Goodfellows - 12/20

 For the 11th CERT assisted Goodfellows with their Grocery Baggin Initiative for the less fortunate.

 

12th Annual Holiday Bash

The 12th Annual Holiday Bash took place for our now 5 Division Program on December 19, 2016. All volunteers were thanked for their efforts with the following volunteers receiving formal recognition for their efforts:

1. 2016 Volunteer of the Year – Melanie Ballew
2. 2016 DART Volunteer of the Year – Albert NG
3. 2016 Communications Volunteer of the Year – Gary Titcomb
4. 2016 Support Services Volunteers of the Year – Tony Craig
5. 2016 Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year – Brian Adams
6. 2016 Shelter Volunteer of the Year – Marge Woodruff
7. 2016 Advanced CERT Instructor of the Year – Bob Grudzien
8. 2016 Basic CERT Instructor of the Year – Barbara Grudzien
9. 2016 Rookie of the Year – Christine Doty
10. 2016 Service Award – Paul Barriage
11. 2016 Service Award – Brian Brown
12. 2016 Service Award – Tyler Adams
13. 2016 Service Award – Tracy Pridgeon
14. 2016 Service Award – Todd Ballew
15. 2016 Service Award – Ted Button
16. 2016 Service Award – Rick Shafer
17. 2016 Service Award – Teresa Foster
18. 2016 Service Award – Elaine Gutierrez
19. 2016 Service Award – Jorge Gutierrez
20. 2016 Service Award – Pokey Burnett
21. 2016 Service Award – Tommy Burgess
22. 2016 Service Award – Heather Ward
23. 2016 Service Award – Mitch Henderson
24. 2016 Service Award – Robin Tonkovic
25. 2016 Service Award – Tim Jamison
26. 2016 Service Award – Joe Tonkovic
27. 2016 Service Award – Doug Nissley
28. 2016 Service Award – Bill Leeder
29. 2016 Service Awaed - Kerry Easler
30. 2016 Service Award - Larry Easler
31. 2016 Service Award - Mike Brady
32. 2016 Service Award - Jimmy Center

 

 

CERT Assist with Santa Fun Run 5k

 

 

DART runs 4 day Pet Shelter

Here is a quick synopsis of CERT’s Disaster Animal Response Team’s Involvement in Pet Sheltering at the Hurricane Emergency Shelter from 10/6 to 10/10.

• The Animal shelter was initially set-up on Thursday morning from 11-1 – Myself, along with Dr Kevin Elliott and Jamie Nelson assisted
• Beginning at 6:30pm on Thursday we began to man the shelter and did so until Monday. By Monday at 7:30pm we were leaving High Point Academy with our last trailer and our local ARC cots
• During the activation, we administered shelter to 20 dogs and 4 cats. Our highest capacity level at one time was 17 
• With an unexpected 3 hour surge in pets, precautionary measures were taken and Greenville Animal Care was kind enough to loan out 48 xl cratesplus dog treats/snacks – While we only utilized 4 of them it was much appreciated – In addition they provided a food donation, as did Pet Smart, that was utilized during the activation
• For the duration of the shelter we had great volunteer support. Counting setup all the way to tear down, the number of CERT DART volunteers who contributed their time were: 33 (2 were vets)
• From the time it officially opened to the time demobilization completed, it was a 4 + day activation

 

First, a special thanks to our awesome volunteers who assisted, Greenville Animal Care for helping us in your time of need, our Vet support, High Point Academy for letting us use their Drama Theater Class, Pet Smart for their initial Pet Food donation, and those in the community who brought food/toys. Thank you again everyone and to see some pics, click here: https://www.facebook.com/spartanburgcert/posts/10153364768177168

 

CERT at Inman Harvest Day

 

On September 24 CERT once again coordinated the effort of the 7th ever Community Emergency Preparedness Day while also organizing the Harvest Day 5k for the Inman Chamber of Commerce.  With both events the CERT program did a terrific job and should be proud of their efforts.  This was the largest Harvest Day 5k to date and the best attended Community Emergency Preparedness Day ever.

 

 

Council Recognizes SCSAR and Support

 

On August 15th Spartanburg County Council recognized SCSAR for a search in  Chester County.  Once again, to learn more about our Search and Rescue Division of CERT visit www.spartanburgsar.org.  Needless to say, our SAR division was honored as was our Support Division that was recognized at the September 19th Council meeting for the 9/7 support call to assist Poplar Springs and numerous other agencies.  While we don't do what we do for recognition to have agencies reach out to our Administration and make them aware of our efforts is a huge honor and we thank you.

 

Recent Support Activations

 

On September 7 and September 21 CERT assisted Poplar Springs and numerous other Fire Departments on a Support Services call at a pallet yard off Freyes Dr.  The initial Support Call was much larger while the second one was contained faster and didn't require as many resources/personnel.  On both responses, great job by all.

 

Three Support Services Activations in three days

July 16-18, 2016 - A busy few days for CERT Support Services - At the Autumn Park Apartments Fire we were just assigned the task of getting tables and chairs in place for the Red Cross to conduct casework - On Monday we did a limited support service call out (iced drinks and food) to a Pole Barn Fire in Inman and an unfortunate drowning at Lake Lyman - Please keep the families of those impacted by the fire and the family of the teenager who lost his life in your thoughts/prayers - For those who responded to all of these events, an awesome job done by all

 

 

 

 

 

Greer Freedom Blast

For the second year we had over 20 CERT members assist the City of Greer with Freedom Blast and overall, it was a successful mission.  We directed traffic at crosswalks, manned barricades, updated our SAR equipment and much more.  A special thanks to everyone who braved the heat on a very very hot day.

 

 

Two Support Services Activations in two days

On Tuesday support services was requested briefly at the Celanese HazMat incident and on Wednesday it was requested for a wreck on B-I85.  Fortunately, both incidents had very minimal impact on traffic or their surrounding areas.  All in all, great job by our Support Services who didn't have their normal trailer response due to it being upgraded in NC.

 

 

 

Youth Stop Graduation - 3rd CERT Class of Year

We had the privilege of teaching Basic CERT to a group of awesome Youth Stop kids.  This is was of our more enjoyable classes and we feel the kids enjoyed the extra effort we put into it being fun.  All in all, great group and we look forward to doing it again next summer.

 

 

NDMS Exercise

Over 20 CERT members about about a dozen Ham Radio operators assisted NDMS with their exercise drill at GSP.  Despite a few glitches in getting actors for patients, our group did an awesome job.  Most of our resources were utilized in the gooseneck, our DART team was activated, several of our members were litter bearers/patients, and everyone came together to offer support where needed.  All we can say is great job everyone!

 

 

CERT Offers Support at both Relay Events:

This year CERT continued their tradition of offering support to both North Spartanburg Relay and Relay of Spartanburg.  We had a great volunteer turnout and as always, worked together as a team to address our assigned tasks.  Great job everyone and fue to our teamwork, we continue to save Relay for Life on the contractual cost they once had prior to our partnership (now a decade long):

 

 

 

First Support Services Activation - Reidville - 4/18

On 4/18, Spartanburg Support Services spent several hours at a house fire ofering support to numerous fire departments on-scene.  We can't say enough about our CERT volunteers.  Great job all all involved.

 

 

First CERT Graduation of 2016

Our first Basic CERT class is in the books with 41 completing Basic CERT training.  This brings our grand total trained to 1,204 since August 2005.  A special thank to all of our volunteers and our citizens who have made this possible.

 

2016 Year in Review

For 2016, the CERT program focused on providing new training opportunities to our members and particiapted in several exercises to improve or operations capabilities.  We hope to add more members next year as we continue to build upon our strong foundation

 

CERT Support Services         

  1. March 5, 2016 - Una Fire Alarm Blitz

  1. April 18, 2016 - Support Services Activation - Reidville

  1. April 29, 2016 - Relay for N Spartanburg

  1. May 6-8, 2016 - Spring Fling

  1. May 13, 2016 - Relay for Life - Spartanburg

  1. May 18, 2016 - NDMS Exercise

  1. May 20-21, 2016 - PODS for Blanket Distribution

  1. June 21, 2016 - Celanese Support Activation

  1. June 22, 2016 - Business 85 Wreck Support Activation

  1. June 25, 2016 - Greer Freedom Blast

  1. July 16, 2016 - Apartment Fire Support Activation

  1. July 18, 2016 - Pole Barn Fire Support Activation

  1. July 18, 2016 - Tyger River Fire Support Activation

  1. September 7, 2016 - Poplar Springs Fire Support Activation

  1. September 21, 2016 - Poplar Springs Fire Support Activation

  1. September 24, 2016 - CEPD & Harvest Day 5k

 

  1. December 17, 2016 – Inman Santa Fun Run 5k

 

CERT Search & Rescue

  1. February 12, 2016 - SAR Activation - Oconee, SC

  1. March 1, 2016 - SAR Activation - Cashiers NC

  1. April 4-6, 2016 - SAR Activation - Mills River NC

  1. June 4, 2016 - Conestee Activation - Greenville SC

  1. June 5, 2016 - Chester Activation - Chester, SC

  1. June 23, 2016 -Linville Activation - Avery NC

  1. August 6, 2016 -Lake Russell Search - Abbeville, SC

  1. October 26, 2016 - SAR Activation - Rutherfordton NC

  1. December 18, 2016 - SAR Activation - Greenville, SC

 

CERT Sheltering

  1. January 22-24 – CERT Winter Weather Sheltering

 

CERT Disaster Animal Response 

  1. January 22-24 – CERT Winter Weather People/Pet Shelter

  2. October 6-10 – DART Shelter at High Point Academy

 

CERT Emergency Communication 

  1. 9 Activations in conjunction with SAR activations

 

CERT Exercises/Advanced CERT Training

  1. 2/3/16 – VRC FSE Exercise

  2. 2/20/16 – SAR Mock Search Exercise – FSE

  3. 4/10/16 – Teepa Snow – SAR Training Seminar

  4. 4/19/16 - EMR Course - 66 Hours

  5. 6/4/16 – SAR Mock Search Exercise – FSE

  6. 6/10-6/12 – Awareness and Operational Level training for Pet Sheltering

  7. June-July - EMR Refresher

  8. 7/29 – 7/31 - HazMat Ops Class

  9. 8/6 – Lake Russell Search & Exercise

  10. 8/20-8/21 – IMT Training

  11. 8/28-28 & 9/10-11 – Managing Land Search Operations

  12. Sept-Nov – FUNSAR Course

 

CERT Graduations: 

  1. 3/26/16 - Campus CERT Graduation - 45

  2. 4/26/16 - Achieve Program - 5

  3. 6/9/16 - Youth Stop Program - 10

  4. 10/19/16 - Achieve - 6

  5. Tranfers/Online: 2

 

 

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