Sacramento CERT training is provided to applicants at no cost. Funding for training is made possible through grants the Fire Department receives from the Department of Homeland Security, Sacramento CERT fundraising events, and donations.
We offer both CERT qualification training courses and specialized advanced training.
CERT Level III (Basic) Qualification Training
The Level III Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people 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 an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
This is the entry level qualification for the Sacramento Community Emergency Response Team.
CERT Level II (Deployable) Qualification Training
We build on the basic training to provide skills necessary to work with the Sacramento CERT team in coordinated activities when assisting professional responders in emergency response situations.
This training includes classes on working with the Red Cross and working with federal and state agencies. It also has classes on working in basic emergency situations, including swift water awareness, wild-land fire urban interface, and hazardous materials awareness.
CERT Level I (Advanced) Qualification Training
This is our most advanced qualification, which includes advanced training in first aid. This qualification provides access to all CERT activities and exercises.
The qualification includes CPR for the professional rescuer, as well as Emergency Medical Responder.
Specialized / Advanced Training
The Sacramento CERT program offers a number of advanced training classes as well.
There are several classes available periodically to level 2 and level 3 Sacramento CERT members, including Traffic Control, Map Reading and Navigation, Pet First Aid, Helicopter Safety, Auto Extrication, and Safety classes involving High Electrical Voltages.
All specialized classes will be announced to active members of the CERT program via email and through this site’s calendar.We also have several specialized capabilities within the organization that you can participate in with additional training. These include our radio communications team, our animal response team, our support team for the California Task Force 7 Urban Search & Rescue Team, and of course our team of qualified CERT trainers.