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COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains residents on disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact their area.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Search for a program, register your group, and stay connected in your neighborhood!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985 as a way to involve citizens in disaster response because sometimes first responders are not available. It was taught by the Los Angeles City Fire Department and has trained over 60,000 members.

The training program that LAFD initiated makes good sense and furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster. It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards.

The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it.

What will I learn?

What will it take?

  • Commitment to 1 day a week for 2.5 hours, for a total of 17.5 hours.
  • This free training is offered in-person mornings, afternoons, or night by local first responders.
  • This free training is also offered online by University of Utah Heath through HAZREADY.
  • ​Certification upon completion.
  • ​Must be 18 or older.