CERT San Diego



Firefighters and Citizens Working Together to Build Safer Communities

During the first few hours and days after a disaster strikes, emergency services could be overwhelmed, leaving families, neighborhoods and businesses on their own for hours or days.

After the devastating Cedar fire of October 2003, the City of San Diego sought new solutions to meet this vital need. A new community based program called Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was developed by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. CERT San Diego helped citizens become a part of the solution in their own communities. The program took advantage of the outpouring of volunteers who offered to help in disasters, such as the Cedar Fire, earthquakes and 9/11.

Photo of CERT Members at Drill

San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel train and empower citizens in safe, effective neighborhood CERT teams. CERT San Diego instructors teach citizens to take life-saving action to help families, neighbors, businesses and communities get through the first few hours or days when emergency services are overwhelmed.

How to Join CERT San Diego

To join our CERT team, you must live within the City limits of San Diego (this does not include Chula Vista, Del Mar, Poway or Imperial Beach, for instance). If space in the academy is not filled by students from San Diego, then applicants from outside the city will be given a seat in the academy.

We are gauging interest in a spring 2017 academy. If you are interested in attending, please sign up to be notified when Academy 34 date are announced.

Online registration is available to active CERT San Diego Team members for the following activities.