Be a Partner in Public Safety

July 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Interested in making a difference in the safety of others? The USC Upstate Department of Public Safety would like to gauge the interest of faculty and staff in participating a training for the Community Emergency Response Team.

The training is provided FREE to campus by the Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management will help to educate participants about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area and trains members of the community in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in our community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects. This training has been made available nationally by FEMA since 1993.

The training takes 20-24 hours to complete. If you are interested in becoming a certified CERT member and making a difference in our community, please email Chief Klay Peterson at