Current Volunteers Training Descriptions

CPR with AED

This course teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR, the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), barrier devices in CPR and first aid for choking.

First Responder Training

First Responder training is a nationally recognized program that teaches in-depth first aid and emergency medical techniques. A First Responder is a member of the EMS (Emergency Management System) who has been trained to render first aid and emergency care for a patient and to assist EMT?s at the scene of an emergency.  First Responders can serve as additional assets to a community?s EMS by recognizing a medical emergency and alerting the EMS.  In addition, First Responders can provide emergency care to the patient in those critical minutes until the paid responders arrive.

The course is taught by Tampa Fire Rescue instructors and is offered to GT CERT members as advanced training.  The training covers a wide variety of medical emergencies and teaches the techniques necessary to deal with the situation until more advanced medical personnel arrive. Topics include: scene safety and personal protection, patient assessment, airway management, controlling bleeding, treatment for shock, CPR and AED usage, sudden illness and injury and triage during mass casualty incidents.  Students must complete 40 hours of lecture and demonstrate proficiency with CPR techniques and AED usage for adults, children and infants.  In addition, students must pass a written examination at the end of the course in order to attain certification.

HAM Radio License

Hams enter the hobby as Technicians by passing a 35-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. The exam covers basic regulations, operating practices, and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. Technician Class operators are authorized to use all amateur VHF and UHF frequencies (all frequencies above 50 MHz). Technicians who pass a 5 WPM Morse code examination are entitled to limited power outputs on certain HF frequencies. "Technicians with HF" may operate on the 80, 40, and 15 meter bands using CW, and on the 10 meter band using CW, voice, and digital modes.

Radio Operation

In the event of a large disaster we may not have access to landlines or cellular phones. This training will help train us on effective radio procedures/etiquette amongst our teams during a disaster through the use of FRS or Handheld radios.


SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970s that was intended to promote a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind gusts, hail size, rainfall, and cloud formations that could signal a developing tornado. Another part of SKYWARN is the receipt and effective distribution of National Weather Service information.