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The Official Website of the Chandler Arizona Fire Department

Chandler Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Chandler CERTAfter 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 or visit the Chandler CERT website.

Chandler CERT 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. Howev