Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities during times of disaster. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and trained CERT members who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for Emergency Management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.

CERT classes are open to citizens of Bedford and Bedford business employees, who are at least 18 years of age or older.

  • Classes are 10 weeks in length, meeting once a week
  •  Includes hands on participation and a staged disaster drill
  •  Continuing education classes will be held over additional topics after completion of the course
  •  An annual field day will be held as a refresher course

Completing the CERT Program

Upon completion of CERT training, members may respond and provide assistance to emergency first responders in an emergency situation or volunteer support in a non-emergency situation, such as:

  • Missing person searches
  • Coordinating volunteers and their efforts
  • Answering phones
  • Assist in community education and outreach on emergency preparedness
  • Man first-aid stations at community events
  • And other opportunities that may arise

If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, please fill out the CERT Application and either return or email the completed form to the Bedford Fire Department.