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Bergen County C.E.R.T.

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The CERT concept dates back to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department recognized that in the early stages of a disaster - earthquakes in particular - local emergency responders would be overwhelmed, and basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of community members to survive until responders or other assistance arrived. 
Recognizing the universal value of this program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worked in conjunction with the LAFD to make the CERT program applicable to all types of hazards and developed a CERT training program which could be used nationwide and adapted to meet local conditions when the need arose.
The tragic events of September 11 remind us that disaster can strike anywhere or anytime, and that basic safety and disaster survival skills can mean the difference between life and death. CERT training empowers community members to prepare responsibly and respond appropriately when emergencies occur.

CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

2016 C.E.R.T. Newsletters (PDF File)

2015 C.E.R.T. Newsletters (PDF File)

If you join a CERT, you will receive basic-level training in the following areas: 

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Fire Suppression
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • CERT Operations/Incident Command System
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Disaster Simulation -- Skills Review

Total training is usually about 20 hours, scheduled in 2-4 hour modules, over a period of weeks or months, in order to address the scheduling needs of team members. It's held in the community or county where you live.
Training courses, student materials and equipment are provided free of charge.


C.E.R.T. ID Card Application

If you are an individual looking to join a local CERT Team, contact your municipal emergency management coordinator to see if the program is already active in your community, or if a CERT program is being developed. To find the telephone number of the municipal emergency management office, look in the Municipal OEM tab on this website, or contact Deputy Coordinator Thomas Metzler, CEM at (201) 785-5743 .

Contact Us

Thomas Metzler, CEM, NJ CEM

Director
201-785-5757

Ralph Rivera, Jr.

Director of Public Safety
201-785-8550


 Bergen County Department of Public Safety

285 Campgaw Road • Mahwah, NJ 07430

Hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm