"The City of Marshfield residents depend upon the skills and ability of the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) to provide assistance regardless of the size or duration of an emergency. However, there are times when a disaster occurs when the capabilities of the MFRD are not sufficient to assist in a manner the community has grown to expect. Communities throughout the country have experienced this shortfall and organized Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) programs to be better prepared to help themselves in disasters. The problem is the MFRD does not have a CERT and does not know what the costs and benefits of such a program would be for the MFRD and the community. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to identify the effects of the establishment of a CERT on the MFRD and the community. Descriptive research was used to answer the following questions: a) What are the typical components of the FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] model CERT? b) How do other fire departments organize, utilize and train CERT members? c) What are the costs for other communities and respective fire departments associated with their CERT program? d) How could the community and the MFRD benefit from the establishment of a CERT? This research was completed by conducting a literature review, internet searches, surveys through the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association, County Emergency Management Directors, the citizens of Marshfield and personal interviews, all of which were used to answer the research questions. "
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/