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, such as Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, etc.  Fremont Fire Department may 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 would need to help themselves, their families and neighbors and assist the Fire Department, if need be. Fremont Fire Department has been preparing and training Fremont citizens to respond to emergencies for the past fifteen years.

CERT Training include detailed class room discussions and hands-on training. Each CERT Training session is organized as a series of 3 hour classes, once per week for seven (7) consecutive weeks.  Anyone interested in taking a CERT class must first attend a Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class.


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

CERT Training Curriculum:

The following is a tentative list of topics covered :

  • Orientation, Containers & Supplies
  • Basic Outdoor Skills, Building Triage & Markings, Fire Suppression, Utility Control, Cribbing (lifting heavy objects), Hazardous Materials
  • Indoor Skills, Communications, Entry Markings, Entry Techniques, Search Techniques
  • Medical Operations, Disaster Psychology, START Triage, Head to Toe Examinations, Patient Movement, Setting up a Treatment Area
  • “Putting it all together”, Activation Plan, Setting up Base of Operation, Containers, Paper Work, Forms
  • Graduation, Scenario Based Exercise

CERT Training Class Schedule

The following CERT Training Sessions have been scheduled for 2018 :

Session 1: (please note the timings for each class)
Friday      – March 9th — 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday – March 10th — 8:00 to 5:00 PM
Sunday    – March 11th — 8:00 to 5:00 PM

Session 2: (please note the timings for each class)
Monday July 23rd through Friday 27th — 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday July 28th -= 8:00 to 5:00 PM

Session 3: (please note the timings for each class)
Friday      – October 19th — 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday – October 20th — 8:00 to 5:00 PM
Sunday    – October 21st — 8:00 to 5:00 PM

Class Timing: per schedule above

Class Location:
Fremont Fire Department Training Facility, 7200 Stevenson Blvd., West of Hwy 880, Fremont CA 94538 (show map)

Pre-registration is required.

Class Registration: Please register by calling 510-494-4244 or click here to register on-line.

CERT-CE Classes

CERT Continuing Education (CE) classes provide short refresher courses on various topics, for CERT graduates.  These classes help CERT graduates staying current with updated curriculum as well as provide retraining opportunities.

Limited to CERT graduates.  Pre-registration recommended.

 First Aid/CPR Training

FirstAid/CPR training classes are being offered for CERT graduates at no charge and will be announced when they are scheduled.  This classes consists of both classroom discussion as well as hands-on training that will help CERT graduates stay current on their First Aid &  CPR training and certification.

Limited to CERT graduates.  Pre-registration recommended.

 Amateur Radio Licensing

Amateur radio has been found to be essential, and sometimes critical, in facilitating point-to-point communications in the event of large scale disasters. Interested CERT graduates are encourages to acquire the FCC Amateur Radio license.

More information about amateur radio and the details about preparing for the FCC certification is available at the local South Bay Amateur Radio Association. Please visit their web site at SBARA.ORG and/or attend their monthly meeting to get the assistance to acquire the said license.

Open to everyone.

For questions about the training programs, please call (510)494-4244 or click here send us your request online.