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The Official Website of the Chandler Arizona Fire Department

Chandler CERTCommunity Emergency Response Team

After September 11, 2001, America witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps was created to help all Americans answer these questions through public education and outreach, training, and volunteer service.

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department’s response was to establish a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program as part of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and local homeland security response. Our program is nationally recognized and is one the premier programs in the valley. 

The Chandler CERT program's mission is to ensure that disaster preparedness education and information is made available to the residents of Chandler through training and community outreach programs. Our purpose is to increase the knowledge and preparedness of Chandler's residents by teaching them how to deal with natural or man-made disasters up to 72 hours or until help arrives to assist them.

We accomplish our mission by offering a free 21-hour Basic CERT course to people who want to learn how to take care of themselves during a disaster. In the Basic CERT classes, students learn disaster preparedness and response skills through hands-on and classroom training. Classes include fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations and more.

Sign up today to get trained by contacting Chandler CERT at: 480-782-2116.  The next 21-hour Basic CERT course is scheduled for September 10, 17, and 24, 2016.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for those graduates who complete advanced training. Graduates can choose to volunteer to assist the Fire Department in a variety of specialty areas. Also, should the need arise, volunteers with the appropriate level of training may be requested to support the Fire Department during a large-scale disaster.

We encourage all of Chandler's residents to volunteer to do extraordinary things during times of crisis. We cannot predict when a disaster will occur. However, each of us can take personal responsibility to get trained, be prepared and get involved to make Chandler the safest place in the nation to live, work, and play! 

Call the CERT Volunteer & Information Line at: 480-782-2116.

Training offered through CERT and the Chandler Fire Department
Helpful Links
  • CitizenCorps - National CERT Program
  • - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
  • Emergency Preparedness Guide for Homeowners (PDF) - This guide is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Homeownership Alliance and Habitat for Humanity to assist in planning for an emergency.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Visit this Federal Web site for more on terrorism threats and emergency preparedness.