Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  Mesa Arizona

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides citizens with an opportunity to learn basic emergency response skills to assist themselves, their friends and family, and/or their neighborhoods in case of an emergency.

This program is one of four outreach programs under President Bush's Citizen Corps initiative, created after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The Citizen Corps mission "is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds." CERT Training will truly help you be prepared.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

CERT Mission:
The Mesa CERT program's mission is to ensure that disaster preparedness education and information is made available to the residents of Mesa through training and community outreach programs. Our purpose is to increase the knowledge and preparedness of Mesa's residents by teaching them how to deal with natural or man-made disasters up to 72 hours or until help arrives to assist them.
How do I get trained?
MFMDLogo Mesa Fire and Medical is seeking residents interested in learning how to help their neighbors and the community in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

CERT Class Registration Opportunity

Three classes will be held on:

April 4, 2015 8am - 4pm  
April 11, 2015 8am - 4pm  
April 18, 2015 8am - 2pm  

Training will be held at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility 3260 N. 40th Street, Mesa AZ

Participants need to attend all three classes.  There is no cost to participate in this program.

Please contact Warren Sprecher to register 480-644-2508.

How to join:

Thank you for your interest in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. In order to join you will to be trained to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic level.

Further information:

For any questions regarding the Mesa Fire and Medical Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, please contact:  Warren Sprecher at 480-644-2508


What will I learn?  
  • The types of hazards most likely to affect your home and community

  • The function of CERT and your role in the immediate response

  • How to take steps to prepare for a disaster

  • How to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in your home and workplace

  • How to extinguish a small fire

  • How to apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock

  • How to conduct triage under simulated conditions

  • How to perform head-to-toe assessments

  • How to select and set up a treatment area

  • How to employ basic treatments for various wounds

  • How to identify, plan, and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations

  • The most common techniques for searching a structure

  • How to use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication

  • How to use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication

  • Ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue