Community Emergency Response Team




 Training Program


The first thing you should be able to rely upon in the event of an emergency is YOU!  Find out how today by singing up for CERT training.  The Garfield Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is running Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training this fall.  This program teaches individuals what to do in the event of emergency, either natural or man-made.  By being prepared, you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your fellow citizens.  Over the span of several weeks, you will learn what to do in emergencies from minor first aid up to natural disasters like floods or hurricanes. 

The program is provided free of charge by the Garfield OEM.  Contact us for additional information or to sign-up for this lifesaving class that will begin in September.  Call 973-478-8500 ext. 123 today.  The life you help save may be your own!

Click here for: 2008 Spring CERT Class

Request an application or additional information

Community Emergency Response Team or CERT is a program that provides residents with basic training on what to do before, during and after a disaster. Most importantly the training aids the participant in protecting themselves and their family during emergency situations.
Trained CERT members may also participate in helping their community through organized municipal or county-level emergency management.

CERT started. . .

The Community Emergency Response Team concept started in 1985 in Los Angeles California. CERT programs filled a vital gap where after a major disaster (like an earthquake) professional emergency services could be significantly delayed. CERT allowed trained neighbors to help neighbors.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) adopted the program in 1993 and gave CERT a national scope. Currently 28 states and Puerto Rico have a CERT program.

CERT & Bergen County

Bergen County Emergency Management piloted a CERT program for county employees in the spring of 2002. During the fall of 2002 CERT training will be available at the Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah. Applicants are encouraged to contact their municipal emergency management coordinators for further information.

Garfield & Cert

Garfield's first CERT program started in September 2004, it has been a great success with plans for the 4th cert program to start in Feb '06.  Garfield has trained sixty residents, and 13 residents of Rochelle Park.  The CERT members have been used in Garfield to assist the emergency services during the July 4th fireworks celebration and during the line of duty and wake services for a Garfield firefighter.

CERT Training Curriculum. . .

  • CERT & Disaster Preparedness
  • Terrorism Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • Bloodborne Pathogens & Public Health
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Damage Assessment (post-disaster)
  • Protecting in Place
  • The Incident Command System
  • Gas & Electric Utility Emergencies
  • Special needs of the elderly and physically challenged
  • Disaster Psychology

CERT & Terrorism. . .

CERT Training provides citizens with information on how to help prevent terrorism and other crimes. Additionally, the training helps you know how to react if something happens near you.

Overall. . .

CERT training is a great way to feel more empowered to protect yourself, your family and potentially you community. Don't wait for something to happen - help yourself NOW.

For further information. . .

On the web: Citizen Corps
Or call Garfield Emergency Management at 973-478-8500 X-123

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