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Free Community Emergency Response Team Training

The next FREE CERT training class will begin Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at our Fire Department Training Center. Classes are every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 8 consecutive weeks. Register today!

Here is the link to register: CERT Application

As we have seen in the media, natural and man-made disasters are becoming the new norm. Numerous hurricanes have impacted the City of Pompano Beach. Other disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, fires, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism have also proven that the initial hours following a disaster may overwhelm emergency and rescue personnel and volunteers are a valuable resource within their communities.

CERT training with the Pompano Beach Fire Department will include interactive hands-on training. There are no examinations required to successfully pass this program, however your skills will be measured through practical exercises. Through the course, you will learn lifesaving skills that will assist your family and our community during the first critical hours after a disaster. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a certificate and become a member of the Pompano Beach Community Emergency Response Team. Participant enthusiasm continues through service with our many on-going volunteer opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Fire Administration at 954-786-4510

What is the Community Emergency Response Team?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates citizens 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 a disaster by assisting first responders immediately following a disaster or helping with recovery efforts. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. To register please call 954.786.4510.

Why Citizen Corps and CERT?

After September 11, 2001, America witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps was created to help all Americans answer these questions through public education and outreach, training, and volunteer service. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is one of the programs of the Citizen Corps and is administered by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and Emergency Management. CERT is a training program that prepares citizens to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community.

This Citizen Corps program is a joint partnership between Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).