Applications may be submitted to the above email address, or submitted in person at a CERT Training Meeting.
One time Apparel Fee of $50 required with all new applications to cover cost of 2 CERT Red T-shirts, ID Nametapes, 
and CERT Badge.

CERT Command Staff

Program Manager

EDir. Ben Bower
Central Command

CERT Program

Central Aid Agency CERT is a Community Emergency Response Team program operated by the Central Aid Agency in partnership with Training Solutions International LLC. The goal of the program is to deploy to disaster and emergency situations, and to better prepare the community and the general public to respond to all hazard incidents. The program serves the Junction City and greater Lane County areas and also works with other CERT programs operating in the area.

Central Aid Agency CERT conducts Basic Training Courses as well as ongoing training for CERT team members and members of the community.  The program also engages in community outreach presentations focusing on disaster preparedness and resiliency.

Central Aid Agency CERT is open to any member of the community interested in becoming more prepared and resilient.  We welcome both experienced CERTs who have already been trained, as well as those new and looking to learn.

Central Aid Agency CERT is deployed by the Central Aid Agency in conjunction with C.A.A. Rapid Response Teams and has deployment agreements with other local CERT programs, the Lane County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), as well as several government agencies.

HAM Radio Communications

Amateur Radio, or HAM, is a critical component of our disaster response plan.  We encourage all emergency response personnel and CERT volunteers to become certified as HAM radio operators.  HAM radio certification is also a requirement for any leadership position within RRT or CERT.  Additional disaster response related HAM radio training can be found on the ARRL website by following the links below.

Training Schedule

Central Aid Agency CERT currently trains bi-monthly with other C.A.A. Emergency Response units in Sector 2.  Training meetings occur on the 4th Friday of odd numbered months usually from 1900-2100 at Sector 2 HQ in Junction City.  Basic Training classes are scheduled twice per year, in the Spring and Fall.  Basic Training is conducted jointly with the Lane Community College Campus CERT program, and graduates are dual enrolled in that program.  Basic Training is usually announced a few weeks in advance, but do not follow a set schedule.  Training Meetings are held every-other month at the First Christian Church in Junction City (1250 Nyssa Street).

Training Meeting Schedule

January (Awards Ceremony)

4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of  the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900 - 2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


4th Friday of the month

1900-2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)


3rd Friday of the month

1900-2100 (7 PM to 9 PM)

(Moved to accommodate Thanksgiving Holiday)

All meetings held at the

First Christian Church in Junction City

(1250 Nyssa Street)


The Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) are frameworks developed by FEMA in order to facilitate a multi-agency response to minor and major disasters.

ICS/NIMS is required by many professional first response agencies in order to ensure an effective response.  ICS courses are also required for various levels within our CERT program.  Much of ICS/NIMS training can be taken online, complete with a printable certificate upon completion of the course.  Links to the courses can be found below (Red are the most commonly required basic courses).

Membership Details

-To join, members must submit a membership application.  Our CERT program is open to any member of the community and is not directly related to our faith mission.

-Membership cost: $50.00 (Covers 2 basic CERT Red T-shirts, Nametapes, and CERT Badge;

 this is REQUIRED for all new members)

-All other CERT Equipment is issued and must be returned upon leaving the program.

-Members must complete CERT Basic Training, and ICS 100, 200, 700 within 3 months of completing Basic CERT Training.

-All members must submit to and pass a criminal background check

-The program is structured, and there are opportunities for leadership and advancement within the program.

-Members earn points through attendance, and must earn enough points yearly to remain active.


Basic Training

All CERTs go through a Basic CERT Training that is comprised of modules focusing on topics relevant to disaster response.  The Basic CERT Training culminates in participation in a mock disaster drill where all the skills are put together in one exercise.  Basic Training includes modules on:

Disaster Preparedness

Fire Safety

Light Search and Rescue Operations

Triage and Sizeup

Disaster Medical Operations

Incident Command Structure

Disaster Psychology

Terrorism and CERT

C.A.A. CERT staffs certified CERT Instructors.  Our instructors are available to train any one of the individual sections of the CERT Basic Training, or conduct an entire Basic Training for interested businesses, agencies, and the community.

CERT Instructors

All C.A.A. CERT Instructors are part of the Training Solutions International CERT Instructor Cadre.  Becoming a CERT Instructor isn't easy, Instructors are held to very high standards.  But being an Instructor can be very rewarding and provides an opportunity to pass on skills and knowledge to new CERTs and even other CERT programs.  For more information on becoming a CERT Instructor please click the link below to go to the TSI CERT Training Program web page.

Central Aid Agency


1250 Nyssa St. PO Box 735, Junction City, OR 97448