Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT  What is C.E.R.T you ask? It stands for Community Emergency Response Team. We aim to teach our community to be prepared in case of natural or man-made disasters. As Floridians, we know, hurricanes are bound to happen. This FEMA-based course will teach you how to help yourselves and help your neighbors in case of a large-scale disaster. In these types of events, Police, Fire or EMS might not be able to respond to your home or community for 24-72 hours. We will teach you fire suppression skills, building search and rescue, first aid, victim triage, and more. 

The course is 8 weeks long. One 3-hour class per week and one last scenario to finish up the program. We ask that students are city residents and are aged 16 and older. 

Come be a part of our Fire Department family! Looking forward to seeing you all in February 2024.


Fire Support Building - 800 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton FL 33431


Free to City of Boca Raton Residents


  • Winter 2024 Session - This session is now FULL. 

    Wednesdays - February 21, February 28, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, and April 10.
  • Summer 2024 Session - Check back for upcoming dates.


Classes run from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

For Information or To Register, Contact

Fire Inspector Tomas Martin at [email protected], or call (561) 982-4080 (office), (561) 212-0402 (cell).     

Course Schedule

Week 1

UNIT 1 Introduction to CERT training / Disaster Preparedness 
Course review, content, and scheduling. Introduction to disasters, Meteorology 101, impact of disasters on infrastructures.

Week 2

UNIT 2 Disaster Fire Suppression 
Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, fire extinguisher use, fire suppression strategy, firefighting resources, firefighting techniques. 

Week 3

UNIT 3 Disaster Medical Operations - Part I 
Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions and principles of triage.   

Week 4

UNIT 4 Disaster Medical Operations - Part II
Basic First Aid, Head to Toe assessments, treatment for head wounds, treatment for fractures, sprains, burns and other injuries.

Week 5

UNIT 5 Light Search and Rescue Operations
 Search / Rescue priorities and resources, rescuer safety. Techniques for size-up and search. Cribbing and removing lightly trapped victims. 

Week 6

UNIT 6 Terrorism
 Define Terrorism; identify actions to take before, during, and following a suspected terrorist incident.

Week 7

UNIT 7 Disaster Psychology and Team Organization 
The post-disaster emotional environment. The Incident Command System, (ICS) CERT strategies, tactics, and documentation.

Week 8

Review / Final Exam / Disaster Simulation / Graduation