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The Redwood City Fire Department proudly provides service to the residents of both Redwood City and San Carlos as well as many parts of unincorporated San Mateo County. Our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is open to all interested community members. 

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     Click here for the schedule of the upcoming CERT Academy.  

     Click here for information on our single-session "Are You Ready?"             classes.

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See the CERT Schedule, and Sign Up for CERT


Frequently Asked Questions About CERT


CERT Training Materials


Emergency Preparedness Planning/Checklists


Contact the Redwood City Fire Department

More About CERT 

All CERT training is a combined effort of Fire Department Staff and CERT Academy Graduates. Academy classes are open to all. Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility and Redwood City's CERT program is a great way for neighbors to join together and prepare for potential disasters such as an earthquake, major fire, or flood.

The CERT program educates you and your neighbors about how you can best prepare your household, family, and neighborhood, and how to respond during the aftermath of a disaster. It provides community members with training in basic disaster response skills including:

  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster medical operations

A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Your family and neighborhood may be without basic services like water, gas, electricity, and telephones, or access to stores and other services for several hours or days. 

While public safety personnel will be on the scene after a disaster, they cannot reach everyone right away. Using the skills learned in the classroom and during hands-on training exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster, when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Click on the links above to learn about Redwood City's CERT program, and how you and your neighborhood can get involved.