Community Emergency Response Team


  • A CERT is a group that is organized and receives special training that enhances their ability to recognize, respond to and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation.
  • The CERT is organized under the leadership of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners and the Fire Rescue Department (ACFR).
  • They are trained by ACFR in areas that will help them take care of themselves and others before, during and after a major emergency.
  • As an organized team, they can provide vital services in the absence of emergency responders, whose arrival may be delayed due to the scope of the event.
  • When a major emergency overwhelms normally available resources, response delays of hours or even days may occur; someone with "basic skills training" should be able to immediately assist those in distress.
  • CERT recognizes that a well-prepared community is a resource to professionals.



Fall 2018 Class starts on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and meets at the Alachua Emergency Operations Center.​
- 09/11, 6-8pm
​- 09/18, 6-8pm
​- 09/25, 6-8pm
​- 10/02, 6-8pm
​- 10/09, 6-8pm
​- 10/16, 6-8pm
​- 10/23, 6-8pm
​- 10/30, 6-8pm​

CERT Application

CERT Application Form

TeenCERT Application

TEEN CERT is a national Homeland Security Initiative directed at making our schools and communities safer by having educated / trained youth capable of preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies. TEEN CERT is an integral part of the Citizen Corps movement. TEEN CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family and your school in the event of a disaster. As a member of TEEN CERT, you can respond to disasters, participate in drills and exercises, and take additional training.

The purpose of the TEEN CERT program is to train students in emergency preparedness and response to ensure students have the skills needed to protect themselves, and assist others, in the event of an emergency. In addition, students are likely to bring lessons learned in the classroom home, thereby spreading the preparedness message to the entire family.

Students who are between the ages of 13-18 and have their parents' or Guardians' written permission can take the course.

TeenCERT Application Form

Fire Corps Application

Coming soon......

Fire Corps Application