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*Training Opportunities*


  • CERT Team:

  • American Red Cross Shelter Team:

  • NIMS Training:

  • First Aid, CPR, and AED Training (American Red Cross):


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their 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, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.


If interested, please let us know!  You are only expected to perform the tasks that you are comfortable and trained to do.  We can use everybody for specific duties.  You can contact the CERT Coordinator  for additional details and/or questions.


American Red Cross Shelter Team

Springdale Borough EMA has met the requirements set by the American Red Cross to deploy shelter equipment (ie. cots, pillows, etc.,) in the Borough.  The shelter teams are in the training phase now and are currently accepting new volunteers.  If interested, please contact the Shelter Team Coordinator.  Our next training is scheduled for Saturday January 28, 2012.


NIMS Training

The National Incident Management System provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. 


It is a requirement for ALL first responders.  For additional information or to schedule a class for a group, please contact one of our NIMS Instructors.

BLS Training; CPR, AED & First Aid Training

Courses include:









If interested in scheduling a course or finding a course, please

contact our BLS Instructor.

Community Drills/ Training Seminars July 31, 2012

August 28, 2012

  • Shelter team & CERT members had a training evening at the EOC.  We conitnued our in-house training with an enphasis on Disaster Assessments.  We also trained with our cots and had discussions on how we can better serve the community during an emergency which may require us to deploy our teams and/or set up our shelter.


July 31, 2012

  • After-action meeting with Red Cross staff about our last drill.  We  discussed our exercise and how an emergency may affect our communtiy.  Red Cross staff were present and gave an overview of the entire exercise and how we performed as an individual as well as a region when setting up shelters in our communities.


June 2012    2012 Drill at Acme Elementary School

  • We simulated a school bus accident at Acme school parking lot.  We had student volunteers participate as "patients" and they were treated by local EMS agencies and transported to UPMC SMMH for further medical attention.

  • UPMC SMMH participated in the drill and activated their emergency procedures for mass care triage and treatment in the emergency room.

  • Emergency Management Officials from AVR EMA and Allegheny Co. EMA were on-hand to evaluate the drill and monitor the transport of students to the local hospital.

  • Allegheny Valley Vol. Fire Co. provided FIRE and RESCUE operations for the drill.  Lower Valley Ambulance Service was the primary EMS Agency on scene acting as "command" for the drill.  Several other local EMS agencies were called to assist in the drill.  Harmar Twp. Police Department provided traffic and crowd control, as well as participate in the unified command structure for the drill

  • AVSD officials were on-scene to participate in the initial size-up, provide basic first aid, participate in the unified command and observe the operations.  We had an initial after-action "hot-wash" immediately following the drill to discuss questions, concerns and input from agencies involved.

  • MAY 2014 An active shooter drill at the Acme Elementary School

  • All four local police departments held an active shooter training along with the staff from the school district.

  • Allegheny county emergency services were on had along with local emergency management personel were on hand to assist and evaluate the training.

  • May 2015 Suspected natural gas leak at Springdale Jr-Sr High School

  • Allegheny Valley School District along with the following agencies held a drill involving staff and students 

  • AVR EMA, Allegheny County emergency services, Allegheny County dispatchers, Springdale, Cheswick, Harmar and Springdale Twp. Police Depts. Springdale,Cheswick, East Deer, Frazer Twp, Volunteer Fire Depts.,Lower Valley Ambulance Service, Representatives from TW Phillips Gas Company

  • The objectives were to evaluate school procedures and evacuation procedures and the response of emergency services

  • An after action critique meeting was held immediately afterwards.

  • May 10, 2016 We will be conducting an evcuation drill in conjunction with the Allegheny Valley School District we will be evacuating an entire school  and setting up a reunification center. And also activating  the Emergency Operations Center.





Incidents / Emergencies

  • OCTOBER 27, 2012: Hurricane Sandy- Briefed by ACES on upcoming storm track.

  • OCTOBER 28 - OPEN;  Pre-planning, availability & readiness checks for Hurricane Sandy

  • JULY 20,2015 - A  First aid, CPR,AED training recirtification class for Springdale Borough Police Department.

  • December 10, 2015 - First Aid, CPR, AED class in Borough building.

  • January 26, 2016 - Assisted with Hulton Bridge Implosion.

  • January 6, 7, & 27, 2016 - Nims training class for Elected Officials



Updates / Training

  • Continued participation with Allegheny Valley School District (AVSD) on training and emergency procedures.

  • Participated on a panel at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) to discuss our past drills with AVSD and answer any questions from other districts within the County. 

  • In-house training the Boroughs new shelter teams and CERT teams.

  • Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES) quarterly training / updates from county.

  • Participated in the Hazard Mitigation Planning process for Allegheny County.

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