Community Emergency Response Team


The DeKalb County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. Participants learn what to do before, during and after a disaster occurs and teach citizens to care for family members and neighbors.

Those participating in the class master a variety of topics including disaster preparedness, team organization, basic fire suppression (with live fire training), medical operations, light search and rescue (with a practical exercise), disaster psychology and autism awareness. It is conducted by DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and instructed by DeKalb County Fire Rescue Reserve CERT volunteers. 

The nine-week training takes place every quarter, free of charge to citizens of DeKalb County.
Registration and a background check are required to attend the class.

Click to download our CERT flyer Click to view our upcoming class dates Click to register for an upcoming CERT class


For more information or to request CERT training for groups, contact Thomas Paige,  


Pictures of DeKalb County CERT in action, extinguishing a fire, working as a team on a scene, sitting in a classroom, and assisting the injured evacuate.