Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Team in Action

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  1. CERT Program
  2. Existing Members
  3. Additional Training

About the Program

Chesterfield County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is based on the American tradition of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Prepare for Emergencies.”

It provides support and direction is provided by Chesterfield Fire and EMS through the Office of Emergency Management, and works closely with other volunteer programs such as the Chesterfield Medical Reserve Corps and Chesterfield Neighborhood Watch.

More than 1000 people have completed initial CERT training. Additional training is offered after graduation. CERT Members will be offered opportunities to participate in outreach events and disaster exercises.

More Information

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The CERT Program is a free 24-hour program offered to the community which provides them with the basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical time after a disaster and before emergency responders arrive on scene.

Instructors provide hands-on training in such critical areas as

  • Basic Emergency Medical Skills
  • Emergency Communications
  • Fire Safety and Suppression
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Search and Rescue Techniques

Graduates earn a certificate and CERT emergency gear including a backpack and helmet.


Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Course Information


Register for this course online now!