The City of Park Ridge will be hosting a Community Emergency Response Team class for the Winter/Spring 2016. Interested persons should contact Phil Falson for more information.

The class will be held Wednesdays nights February 3rd through March 16 from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m.


The Park Ridge Community Emergency Response Team (PRCERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Park Ridge area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, PRCERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace and the City of Park Ridge following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. PRCERT members also assist the City of Park Ridge During large community events. PRCERT may also be requested to assist local or regional agencies during major incidents and be able to assemble into small teams ready to be deployed


Contact Phil Falson              


Phil Falson



5 Members of Park Ridge CERT( Bennett,Cassettari,Falson,Strewe and Stuebe)  that are ISARC trained provided assistance to the Kane County Office of Emergency Management in the search for a missing person. 

This multi jurisdictional response included ground, mounted, K9, ATV, and even drone support. This response provided valuable resources to a neighboring jurisdiction resulting in the safe location of Mr. Yohnke.

.A local resident spotted him near the edge of a wooded area. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

Park Ridge CERT is fortunate to have worked with the many ISARC member agencies and the men and women who volunteer their time and resources during this multi jurisdictional response.


Assignment for PRCERT members:


February 21 - March 28

The class has completed and new trainees have graduated.

To register, email


The Park Ridge Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is seeking volunteers to join us and to help keep our community safe.  Do you have a few extra hours a month and are interested in becoming involved?  We will train citizens in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, disaster medical operations, search and rescue.  CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency personnel of the City of Park Ridge as needed. For more information, contact Phil Falson at


1st Wednesday of each month @ 7:00pm

(varies some months)

@ Park Ridge Public Works center
400 Busse Highway, 2nd Floor

        1. For more information on upcoming events or training email the Administrative Team;

What is CERT?

The Park Ridge  Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations recognized that citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through Basic CERT training, citizens can organize themselves and volunteers to manage utilities, put out small fires, provide basic medical first aid, search for and rescue victims calmly, safely, and efficiently.
Topics covered through CERT:
  •  Disaster Preparedness
  •  Disaster Medical Operations
  •  Light Search and Rescue

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Community Emergency Response Team training is FREE and helps everyone to be better prepared to respond to and cope with disasters and emergencies at home, in your neighborhood, at work and throughout your community. Classes are offered once a year.

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • CERT Team Organization
  • Terrorism
  • Practice Exercise