Community Emergency Response Team

CERT logoThe 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. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

2016 Basic CERT Training Schedule
The New Castle County Office of Emergency Management has announced its 2016 schedule for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  This  12 hour training program will be provided free of charge on the following dates and locations:

Friday 22 April, 5:00pm-9:30pm and Saturday 23 April, 8:00am-4:00pm at the George Wilson Community Center, 303 New London Road, Newark, DE 19711.  

Friday 20 May, 5:00pm-9:30pm and Saturday 21 May, 8:00am-4:00pm in the Public Meeting Room of the Sweeny Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE 10720

Friday 24 June, 5:00pm-9:30pm and Saturday 25 June, 8:00am-4:00pm in the Public Meeting Room of the Sweeny Public Safety Building, 3601 N. DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720

Friday 23 September, 5:00pm-9:30pm and Saturday 24 September, 8:00am-4:00pm at the New Castle County Police Southern Patrol Headquarters, 605 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709

How to Enroll
To enroll in the April, Newark, DE class, please visit the City of Newark’s Department of Parks and Recreation web site at, Activity #3359-106, or call (302) 366-7000.

To enroll in the other classes, please visit the New Castle County Department of Community Services on-line Registration web site.  For further information on CERT please contact the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management at 395-2700.

Course Description
During this 2 day, 12 hour  course of instruction, students will learn a variety of hazard awareness and emergency preparedness skills which will make them and their families better equipped to deal with all hazards emergency situations, as well as assist first responders and emergency management officials in certain aspects of response and post event recovery activities.

Course curriculum includes American Heart Association CPR/AED Certification; basic first aid; hazardous materials awareness training; basic family preparedness strategies; proper use of home and office fire extinguishers; search and rescue; and more.  Students also receive a CERT participant’s training manual, and a CERT backpack with basic personal protective equipment including hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, and a flashlight.

Students will be provided a light dinner at the Friday evening sessions, and breakfast and lunch at the Saturday session, at no cost.

Advanced CERT Training
In addition to the Basic CERT courses noted above, NCC OEM will also hold Advanced CERT training at the Delaware State Fire Training Center, 2311 MacArthur Drive, New Castle DE, 19720, on the following date:

Saturday 15 October 8:00am-4:30pm

The Advanced CERT class is open to all persons who have completed the Basic CERT class within the past 3 years.  The Advanced CERT class builds upon the knowledge and practical skills acquired in the basic class. The Advanced class will include: leadership and team building exercises oriented to disaster response scenarios; advanced search and rescue training; and additional fire fighting training. This Advanced training is much more hands on and participatory than the basic CERT class. A box lunch will be provided at no cost.

To enroll in the Advanced class, please visit the New Castle County Department of Community Services on-line Registration web site.

About the CERT Program
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 not only underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California, but also confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their community's immediate needs after a disastrous event. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division to provide training to citizens as well as private and government employees.
Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.

Our Mission
"New Castle County Citizen Corps embraces personal preparedness, personal responsibility, and the spirit of volunteerism. Our mission is to educate and prepare New Castle County residents and visitors for all emergencies, through public education, community outreach, and training. Citizen Corps seeks to engage New Castle County residents through volunteer service to create and sustain safe, vibrant, and livable communities."