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).  Next, please sign up to attend one of our academies.  These are held one to two times per year and have limited seating.  Once the dates are announced and the registration form is released, seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis for City of San Diego residents.  If all the seats are not filled by City of San Diego residents, then applicants from outside the city will be given available seats on the first day of the academy.

Tentative dates for Academy 35 are October 21st and 22nd and November 4th and 5th of 2017.  Please sign up to receive the date confirmation and application for Academy 35. Once the dates are finalized, an email announcement with the Academy 35 registration form.  

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