Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of Los Angeles Fire Department developed the first CERT program as a pilot concept in 1985. Los Angeles soon realized the importance of community preparation with the Whittier Narrows quake of 1987. FEMA formally adopted CERT in 1993, and began its mission of training thousands of people across the country. There are 15,500 programs in existence today. You can read more about this at the CERT LA web site.

The Fremont Fire Department embraced the program introduced by the San Francisco Fire Department’s NERT program in 1994. The program was lead by Division Chief Bill Reykalin, Captain David Stefani, Engineer Steven Blagden, and Professor George Rogers. The program has won awards of excellence and enjoys a graduate population of over 3,000 citizens.

For individuals interested in becoming part of a neighborhood team,  the CERT training consists of in-depth hands on training, including Basic Fire Fighting with a fire extinguisher, Search & Rescue, Helping Injured people correctly, Triage large number of wounded, Building Damage Assessment, Teamwork and responding to Fire Department’s call for help.

California is a state where various large-scale natural disasters occur: Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, etc. Fremont Fire Department admits they do not have the resources and manpower to serve the entire community at once, so they developed the Community Emergency Response Team program to provide citizens the skills they need to assist themselves, their families, neighbors and fire department, if need be. Fremont Fire Department has been preparing and training Fremont citizens to respond to emergencies for the past fifteen years. Anyone interested in taking a CERT class must first attend a Personal Emergency Preparedness ( PEP ) class.

CERT Training = FREE classes with detailed “hands-on” training in:

  • Gas / Electric / Water Utility control
  • Hazardous Material Recognition
  • Building Damage Assessment
  • Small Fire Fighting
  • Search and Rescue
  • First Aid / Triage
  • Lifting heavy objects off trapped persons
  • Lifting and moving injured people
  • Incident Command System and Disaster Communications


  1. Must be 18 years or older.
  2. Must attend a PEP class before taking CERT Training [ click here ].
  3. Must complete the FEMA On-Line CERT Independent Study Course, IS-317,  [ click here ]

CERT Training Class Schedule

Due to COVID-19 related issues, the CERT Training class schedule has been cancelled until further notice. Updates will be published when a new schedule is available.