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Basic CERT Class Schedule

Location - Davie Fire Rescue Headquarters,
6901 Orange Drive, Davie – first floor classroom
Time: Tuesday - 6:00-8:30

Hands On
Disaster Preparedness
CERT Forms
ICS100 (homework)
Review Quiz Questions

Mar 10

Downey DiFerdinando

CERT in Action
(19 min)

Terrorism and role of CERT
Radio Communication Overview

Mar 17


Shelter in Place (13 min)*mandatory

Disaster Medical Operations 1
First Aid and Victim Carries

Mar 24


DFR Unit to Assist

Head to Toe Assessment (5 min)
Victim Carries (6 min)

Practice bandaging and victim carries
NSU drill 5:00-8:00

Mar 31


Apr 1

For those needing CPR
Fire Safety
Review Quiz Questions

Apr 7

Taylor, Downey
DFR Unit to Assist

Fire Safety (18 min)
Flashover (5 min)
Kitchen on Fire (1 min)

Fire extinguisher training
Disaster Medical Operations 2 Triage/Disaster Psychology
Review Quiz Questions

Apr 14


CERT Triage (22 min)

Light Search and Rescue Operations
Review Quiz Questions

Apr 21

DFR Unit to Assist

Safety in the After Disaster Environment (31 min)

Disaster Simulation

Apr 28

All instructors
2 DFR Units to Assist

Course Review and Graduation

May 5


Basic and Advanced Skywarn Class in February

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

The class is intended for those interested in becoming a Skywarn Storm Spotter. Interested persons must be at least 14 years old, accompanied by an adult and preregister by Monday, February 16th, by emailing Robin Terrill, the Broward County Skywarn Coordinator. Email:

When registering for the class, please include your name, home address, cell phone number and your callsign if you are a ham. You can bring a bag lunch and drink with you and you can even eat it during the class or during numerous 15 minute breaks.

Training covers:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

This four hour BASIC/Advanced SKYWARN Storm Spotters training class will be on Saturday February 21st. 2015 at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center. You must preregister for this class, and there is no charge for the class or materials. Please bring a picture ID to gain admittance due to security at the EOC.

Next Basic CERT class in March

We will be starting another Basic CERT class on March 3, 2015. If you’re interested, please complete the application and email, mail, or FAX it in as soon as possible.

Next CERT class starts September 23rd

Our next Basic CERT Class starts on September 23. Interested? Please submit an application to attend. We will need a minimum of 15 people to start the class.

Existing members may also attend as a refresher.


Sept 23 - Disaster Preparedness - CERT Forms/ICS100 (homework)
Sept 30 - Disaster Medical Operations 1/ First Aid and Victim Carries
Oct 7 - Disaster Medical Operations 2 Triage/Disaster Psychology
Oct 14 - Fire Safety
Oct 21 - Terrorism and role of CERT/Radio Communication Overview
Oct 28 - Light Search and Rescue Operations
Nov 4 - Disaster Simulation
Nov 5 - CPR/AED
Nov 18 - Course Review and Graduation

Next Ham Radio Classes starting in July

You've been asking when the next class will be -- here it is!

Amateur Radio (Ham) Technician Licensing Class
Staring July 12 for 4 weeks at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation

Sponsored by the Davie-Cooper City Amateur Radio Club (DCARC)

This class will prepare you to take the entry-level Technician class FCC license exam. The class is free, but the exam is $15. You will also want the class manual, available for purchase.

For details see the ARRL Website listing for this class

Reminder: Moulage Class

REMINDER: Our Team Coordinator, Asst. Chief Julie Downey will be teaching an injury simulation (moulage) class January 15 from 1:30-3:30 at Fire Administration. This class is great when planning a drill or for scenarios (or Halloween).

Please let Joanne know if would like to attend 954-797-1144

Class size is limited.

Amateur (Ham) Radio Class Offered Free of Charge

An Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) operator class offered to the community will begin on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Davie Police Department located at 1230 South Nob Hill Road. The free classes will be held on four successive Saturday mornings, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The material taught and learned in the class will enable the student to obtain the Amateur Technician Class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A test (free of charge) will be offered on February 23, the final day of class.
What do ham radio operators do? The number of activities enjoyed by hams is nearly limitless. For example:
  • Talk to people on the radio living as close as your own neighborhood or as far away as the other side of the world.
  • Participate in local, state, and world-wide contests.
  • Help with communications during local events.
  • Assist with vital communications during periods of disaster when land lines and cell phones go out-of-service.
This is not CB radio. The Amateur Radio Service is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission and licensing is required. Given the privileges enjoyed by amateurs, testing and licensing ensures that people operate correctly and within the rules that govern amateur radio.
Anyone can be licensed as an amateur, as long as you are not an official representative of a foreign government. There is no age restriction (there are many teenagers who are hams), and there is no cost for the course. You do not even need to own a radio. All you will need is a basic calculator and, although not mandatory but highly recommended, a book called The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 2nd Edition. This book can be obtained locally from Mike’s Electronics located at 1069 N.W. 53rd Street in Ft. Lauderdale, phone 954-491-7110. Make sure it is the newest edition, valid from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. The older manual is no longer valid for the current question pool. Various sources on the internet like and also provide this manual. To learn more about the world of Amateur radio:

Please contact Rob Frailing for more information.
Phone: 954-701-3966
Call sign: AJ4SB

Moulage Class

Come learn Moulage, the art of using makeup to create realistic simulated injuries for those playing victims in training exercises. The class is scheduled January 15th from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Fire Administration Building training room (where CERT meetings are held).

Basic CERT Training begins January 2013

The Davie Fire Rescue Department's next free basic CERT training classes start in January 2013. Anyone who lives or works in the Town of Davie and is over 18 years old is eligible for the training classes that are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 6 to 8:30 pm and continue for eight weeks. The class will meet at the Davie Fire Administration building located at 6901 Orange Drive.

Please see flyer for the class for more details.