Campus Seeks Volunteers to Train for Emergency Response Team

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The Campus Emergency Response Team will be part of UC Davis' emergency program. Here, Interim Police Chief Jen Garcia, center, confers with Emergency Operations Team members during a recent exercise. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

Quick Summary

  • Faculty, staff and students can participate
  • 25 hours of training includes CPR/AED and other emergency response skills

Want to be better prepared to help yourself, the campus community and your own neighbors in an emergency?

The campus is seeking about 50 faculty, staff and students to train this quarter as members of a new Campus Emergency Response Team.

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It will support the campus's comprehensive emergency program including preparedness activities, community welfare during special events like Picnic Day, and organized community recovery in an emergency.

"The team will play a vital role both in support of professional responders and in circumstances when they are not immediately available," Stokes said.


Volunteers will receive training in team organization and leadership, disaster preparedness, and basic disaster response skills such as:

  • fire safety and suppression
  • light search and rescue
  • disaster psychology
  • active shooter and extreme violence awareness

Experienced first responders and emergency professionals from the campus and city of Davis will teach the free certification course. The Sierra-Delta chapter of the American Red Cross will provide instruction in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for cardiac arrests.

About 25 hours in classroom training and exercises will be capped by field experience and testing in rescue, extinguishing fires and more.

Get more information and sign up

Specific dates and times for training will be based on what works best for the group of interested volunteers.

For more information or to sign up, please email one of the two training coordinators: Brent Wagstaff of Safety Services at or Mary Macias of Student Health and Counseling Services at

The city of Davis Fire Department oversees the city's CERT, which has about 50 members.

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