Fire Department, Public Safety

Register now for Community Emergency Response Team training starting March 18

The Stack | March 2024

March 12, 2024

CERT students in green vests practice putting out fires with an extinguisher

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When a major disaster strikes, trained community members will be a part of the first wave of response—and you can play a part by earning your Community Emergency Response Team certification through the Hayward Fire Department.

The next in-person, five-class Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Monday, March 18, and attendance at all five sessions is mandatory for certification. If a class is missed, participants have the opportunity to make up that class online or during the next course session.

Participants will receive instruction and hands-on training in:

  • Disaster Awareness and Preparedness
  • Response Team Management
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Suppression and Utilities Control
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Small Unit Leadership

Participants who complete the course will also receive a backpack with hard hat, vest, glasses, gloves, flashlight and mask.

A robust core of CERT trained and certified community members is considered key to effective major disaster response as we know first responders who provide 911 fire, rescue and emergency medical services will not be able to meet all of the demand on their own.

To register and for more information on the course schedule and meeting dates, times and locations, go online here or call Hayward Fire Department administration at (510) 583-4948.