Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)


 "Preparing People to Help Themselves"  


CERT CERT Class Registration Opportunity

Three classes will be held on:

August 2, 2014 8am - 4pm  
August 9, 2014 8am - 4pm  
August 16, 2014 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.


Community Emergency Response Team 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since then, CERTs have been established in hundreds of communities.  CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or work places in basic response skills.  If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.  CERT members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base. CERT members can volunteer through other department programs to assist with projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

Target Audience...

  • Neighborhood
  • Business
  • Communities of Faith
  • Scouting Organizations
  • School Staff/Students
  • Club/Organizations
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services


CERT training will teach participants to...

  1. Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  2. Describe the function of CERT and their roles in immediate response.
  3. Take steps to prepare themselves for a disaster.
  4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
  5. Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid.
  6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  7. Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  8. Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  9. Select and set up a treatment area.
  10. Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  11. Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  12. Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  13. Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
  14. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue.



citizen corps logo

Citizen Corps is the grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared. We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns safe and secure and Citizen Corps helps you to prepare, train, and volunteer. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues and disasters of all kinds.

What can I do to help my family and my community?

You can take simple steps to be prepared for emergencies, get trained in basic first aid, and volunteer to help local emergency responders. Here are some ways you can get involved through your local Citizen Corps Council:

  • Prepare yourself and your family; get a kit, make a family plan, and be informed about potential threats and emergencies. To learn more about how you can prepare, visit
  • Get connected to disaster volunteer groups through your Citizen Corps Council, so that if something happens, you can help in an organized manner.
  • Join a Neighborhood Watch group to help with crime prevention, terrorism awareness, and neighborhood emergency preparedness. Learn about volunteer opportunities to support law enforcement through the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program. Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help people immediately after a disaster and to assist emergency responders whenever needed.
  • Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps to provide public health and medical support throughout the year and during emergencies.
  • Provide fire safety and prevention education in the community and help out at your local fire station through Fire Corps.
  • Participate in local emergency training and exercises.
  • Help others get prepared, especially those with special needs.


Basic training is designed to cover the following...

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations- Assessment, Treatment, and Hygiene
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Team Organization Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Final Exercise


Sessions require approximately 20 hours to complete