Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

The CERT program is designed to educate community members about disaster preparedness and train them with basic disaster response skills to help assist neighbors and other members of the community following a disaster.  

CERT is a nationally supported initiative, organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Locally, the Alameda County Fire Department will serve as the lead coordinator for Dublin’s CERT Program.  

About the Program

CERT programs are traditionally conducted in-person during several classes with one additional “hands-on” skills class. However, in-person classes this year are being conducted virtually, with the “hands-on” skills class to be taught in person at a later date.  

The program will train you on basic disaster response skills including:

  • Emergency Preparation
  • Team Organization
  • Medical Operations
  • Fire Safety
  • Utility Control
  • Search and Rescue (Light)
  • Disaster Psychology

How to Participate

Residents who want to participate can register with the Alameda County Fire Department at

CERT is a free program, open to Dublin residents who are 18 years or older, or to 14- to 17-year-olds with approval of a parent or guardian. Class size is limited, and those residents who are unable to participate in this initial cohort will be placed on a wait list for a future cohort.

Participants in the Summer 2021 Cohort will have between August 3 and October 8, 2021, to complete the 20-hour virtual course. 

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for a future CERT Cohort, please email Jill Dutchover, Alameda County Fire Department, CERT Program Coordinator. 

Other Resources

  • CERT Basic Training Participant Manual (PDF)
  • Pre-Requisite Online Course--IS 317: Introduction to CERT (LINK)

CERT Contacts


  1. John Stefanski

    Assistant to the City Manager
    Phone: 925-833-6650