Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Training Program

CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency services personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

CERT team members can support emergency responders and volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

CERT Skills

Some skills CERT team members will be trained in:

  • Apply basic medical techniques
  • Assist emergency responders
  • Assist others with emotional distress
  • Assume a leadership roll
  • Conduct light search and rescue
  • Develop safe techniques for debris removal and victim extraction
  • Extinguish small fires
  • Identify and anticipate hazards within the community
  • Learn how to prepare for a disaster
  • Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
  • Set up treatment areas
  • Support effective and efficient allocation of resources


Not all CERT jobs require physical exertion, there is job for everyone! Training is free!


The Basic 20 hour CERT Course is offered twice a year. Once in January through March and again in October through December. The course is divided into eight topics (classes). If a topic is missed it can be made up during the next course cycle or training date without having to take the complete course.

The Greenburgh CERT meets every month to conduct training, field trips and drills. Training will be supervised by the Greenburgh Police Department and other Emergency Service Agencies.