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CERT instructors are professional emergency responders (firefighters, law enforcement, medical) and/or experienced CERT members who have completed a FEMA approved "train the trainer" course of instruction. If you are interested in become a CERT instructor, email

Keith Fuller

Rex Ianson

Russel Martin has been involved with volunteer emergency response for over 40 years.  He has taught first aid, CPR and emergency response for civic organizations. He has served in and led multiple industrial emergency response and hazmat teams.

Jack Nelson has a B.S. Business/Finance and an Associates in degree Fire Science. He is certified in the following areas: Fire Fighter Level I and Fire Fighter Level II, Fire Officer, Fire Safety Officer, State Certified Fire Service Instructor Level I and Level II, NFPA National Standards Committee, 1857,1971,1975. Jack has attended numerous National Fire Academy classes including Command and Control of Natural Disasters. In addition, he has completed ICS 100a, ICS100, NIMMS 700, the FEMA Certified Train-the-Trainer for CERT Programs, is a member of the MPFPD CERT Board of Directors, and past VP and Board of Directors Menlo Park Fire District. He is currently team 100 Parade Chair for the 100 Year Anniversary of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
Tom Prussing
Tom Prussing Tom Prussing retired in 2015 from Stanford University after 41 years in Facility Operations Management. Since 1998 he was also the team leader, instructor and drill coordinator for the Stanford ITS CERT (SCERT) program. He conducted monthly tabletop reviews of disaster scenarios and directed the yearly four-hour live building evacuation drill and SCERT disaster response exercise. During the drill and exercise, multiple campus buildings were evacuated to their assembly points and the SCERT members executed emergency operations that included area building assessment, triage, medical operations and transport with live victims, fire fighting, light search and rescue with live victims and shelter operations. Upon his retirement, Tom assumed the role of Safety Officer for the ITS SCERT effort.

Tom has lived in Menlo Park/Atherton since 1978. He joins the MPFPD CERT program as a certified Basic Class Instructor. He is ICS and FEMA certified up to and including FEMA L363 (multi-event large scale disaster) and has completed the full set of Red Cross Emergency Response Leadership modules. In 2010 he completed certifications in Advanced First Aid (Foster Calm) and in “Medical Response in Hostile Environments” (Ohio State University). In 2015 he authored an emergency response rollout protocol adopted by ADAPT (Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team) and the Town of Atherton.

Tom has a BSC in Economics (Santa Clara University) and diplomas in Athletic Medicine (Foothill College) and Facilities Engineering Management (North Carolina State University). He is also a state certified Mediator (Foothill College) and was Chairman of the Menlo Park Community Mediation Service from 1999-2002. He is a support staff member of the East Bay Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and a member of the Healing Partners Program at the Stanford Hospital Cancer Center.

Steve Taffee has been a member of CERT since 2002 and a CERT instructor since 2013. He teachers several of the CERT units and is a frequent contributor to this website. He is a retired educator and high tech executive.