Department Programs

CERT Community Emergency Response Team

Each year across the United States several communities fall victim to some type of disaster (earthquake, flood, blizzard, tornado, etc.).  Whether it be a natural or man-made disaster, there is often little if any warning, and emergency response resources (Police, Firefighters, and Paramedics) are quickly overwhelmed or are severely limited. Other essential services such as communication, transportation, and utilities are also frequently affected.  Too often these calamities leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support for days.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a network of volunteers who are trained to respond during the first 72 hours following a disaster at a "neighborhood level."  They help control the disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, downed power lines, etc., may prevent access by professionals.  The purpose of the CERT course is to provide citizens with the basic skills needed to handle virtually all of their own needs, the needs of their families, and then to respond to the needs of their community in the event of a disaster.

Classes are taught by trained professionals and include hands on training.

Topics Include:

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Fire Suppression

Disaster Medical Operations

Light Search and Rescue

Team Organization

When you have completed the course, you will...

  • Know the types of hazards most likely to affect your community.
  • Understand your role as a CERT member.
  • Reduce risks in your home and workplace.
  • Understand the types of fires and proper equipment to extinguish them.
  • Use proper techniques for opening airway, controlling bleeding and treating for shock. Conduct triage of patients, perform head-to-toe assessments, apply basic treatments for various wounds, and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.
  • Select, set up, and operate treatment areas.
  • Use safe techniques for searching a structure, debris removal and victim extrication.

You can get your name on the list by calling the Syracuse Fire Department at 801-614-9614 or send an email to

Current CERT members sign up for our callout system at

Emergency Preparedness

To learn more about being prepared in case of an emergency or what to do in the event of a disaster, click on the link above.  There's information regarding storing survival supplies, water storage, first aid and tool supplies, food storage and so much more.