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Welcome to the City of Tacoma CERT Community!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, utility safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Tacoma Fire Department invites citizens who live or work within the city limits of Tacoma to become a certified member of our team through completion of CERT courses. The classes follow models developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are offered in cities across the United States. Aimed at equipping our community to prepare for and respond to disasters relevant to our area, this model teaches neighborhood residents how to help each other in the first few minutes, hours or days following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to render professional help.

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Zip code teams are forming all over Tacoma! Get connected to plan and train with CERT members in your proximity. Partners increase your effectivness as a responder. Please remember to update your current info to ensure accurate teams can be formed.

Contact Emergency Management to join or start a team today!

Additional Trainings are being looked into for the upcoming year but no dates have been set for them.  The class availability is based on funding and resources.  Possible topics for classes may include:

  • Social Media in Disasters
  • Triage Refresher
  • Medical Ops Refresher
  • Search & Rescue Refresher
  • Joint Exercise with West Pierce CERT
  • Emergency Coordination Center Exercises
  • Stop the Bleed Class
  • CERT Semi-Annual Training

Classes will be posted to the Calendar and emailed to all CERT members.



Next Basic CERT Course Offered

Fall 2020

Dates TBD Pending COVID-19 Reopening Status

Each Session 3 Weeks

Tues/Thurs 6:30-9pm & Saturday Drill

Register today! No Cost

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Stephen Morton, AD7AB
Education Coordinator