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West Chicago

City of West Chicago
Date last updated: Feb 22, 2016

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2006

Geographic Area: WEST CHICAGO (Local) (60185, 60186)

Point of Contact:
Robert Hodge
Fire Chief

475 Main St.
West Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 231-2123 302


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 2 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 11

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 111

Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:

  • General public / Open classes

Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:

  • English

Supplemental Training

Does this program offer or require supplemental training in addition to the CERT Basic Training Course? Yes

Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:

  • IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Additional damage assessment

  • Basic first aid

  • Additional Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Additional Search & Rescue


A total of 60 CERTs have participated in 4 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:8

Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:

  • Flood

  • Excessive heat

  • Missing person search

  • Other - traffic control

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Conducting or supporting threat/hazard assessments

  • Conduct and support emergency preparedness efforts and projects, including sharing information with the public about protective actions and encouraging them to practice

  • Support emergency planning, exercises, and drills in the community, including for neighborhoods, schools, and businesses

  • Support for public safety at community events

  • Fire safety

  • Public health

  • Crime prevention

  • Terrorism awareness

Additional CERT Program Information