The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Classes are about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where community members may be initially on their own and their life-saving actions can make a difference. Through training, CERT Team Members can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the “three killers” by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic disaster medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Over the course of the CERT program, you will learn the most up-to-date information through hands-on training in basic disaster preparedness, use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid training, search, and rescue techniques, communicating through FRS radios and neighborhood team building. Participants of the program will learn lifesaving skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Each of the CERT modules (except Radios) is covered in the Participant Manual and will be fully illustrated and explained during the hybrid online units or in-person classes.

Pre-registration with CCFD CERT Program is required.

Please review each Chapter in the Participant Manual before each unit/class so you will be familiar with the topic and ready with any questions you may have for the Instructor.

The last class of the series will be a Hands-on Skills Day. During this extended Saturday or Sunday class, students will get a chance to practice the individual skills they have learned in each unit/class, with fellow members of the CCFD

CERT Program who have qualified as an Instructor for that skill and CCFD Firefighter/Paramedics. This is a very full and fun day and includes your graduation ceremony and presentation of your membership credentials and CERT equipment backpack (for those who live in the cities CCFD serves).

Further instructions for the Hands-on skills day will be provided to all who qualify to participate in the final in-person course.

Central County Fire Department (CCFD)
Community Emergency Response Team
CERT Hybrid Online Basic Course – Study Guides

The Basic CERT Training teaches you basic disaster response skills so you can safely help yourself and those around you when disaster strikes and when professional responders are not available. Learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

The CERT Basic hybrid online training provides the opportunity to take the CERT Basic course on your mobile device or computer

  • Complete it at your pace and at your convenience
  • Course progress will be saved and can be resumed later
  • Online Course Time = Approximately 12 hours
  • Online S.T.A.R.T. triage course = 1 hour
  • In-Person, Practical Training = Approximately 8 hours

Below please find the CCFD CERT Hybrid Online Basic Course – Study Guides provided by the San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department CERT Program.

These study guides are to assist you with knowledge checks throughout the units and to prepare you for each unit/class so you will be familiar with the topic and ready with any questions you may have for the Instructor/s during the unit review/office hours. See current schedule below. You must complete all 8 units and the S.T.A.R.T. triage unit and provide certificates of completion to the CCFD CERT Program Manager prior to participation in the final exam/hands-on skills day.

Online course made available by Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health