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Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT Team

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.

Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three life-threatening injuries by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

If you're interested in finding out more before enrolling, check out the Introduction to CERT online independent study course.

The next course takes place at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Training Facility (9300 NW 41 St. Doral, FL 33178) on the following dates and times:

  • July 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 2, 8 a,m. to 5 p.m.

Note that you must attend all scheduled dates of the basic training class to complete training. Classroom materials will be provided.

Register for the next set of courses, as space is limited. For more information on the CERT program and course details email us.

Share your CERT story with the CERT community

Has your team assisted your community in a neighbor-helping-neighbor spirit? Send your story to the CERT Program Manager. You story could be shared on our website!

Attention CERT Team Leaders!

If you're a current team leader, please email us your name, phone number and email address at cert@miamidade.gov and we will notify once a meeting/training date is established.

Quizzes & Virtual Exercises

Fun and interactive tools to test your knowledge of preparedness, triage, fire suppression and more.

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