Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Mission Statement

The South San Francisco Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program will train individuals in neighborhoods, businesses and industries in emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques. The training will enable them, as volunteers, to assist emergency service personnel during a disaster.



CERT Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will provide you valuable training on how you can be better prepared, respond to and recover from a disaster. The CERT basic training program is a course given in Spring and consists of five 3 hour sessions and two 8 hour sessions.

 The following topics are covered during the CERT basic training course:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety and Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

After graduating from the CERT program, you have the opportunity to join dedicated volunteers on the South San Francisco CERT Team. The team meets monthly to train on various skills such as shelter operations, communications and Emergency Operations Center support. 



CERT Communications Group

Amateur (or HAM) radio, which relies on battery operated equipment, has made a difference in recent disaster situations where telephone, cell service and internet have failed. In the event such as a major earthquake, normal communications system could be out for several days.

The SSF CERT HAM radio group consists of licensed amateur radio operators who operate and train under the guidance of our city's fire department. This group has weekly meetings which include radio check-ins, drills and training.

Come and see the SSF CERT HAM radio group in action:

  • What: Field Day, A public event to educate and showcase HAM radio and what it can do
  • When: Fourth Saturday in June, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Fire Station 61, 480 North Canal Street, South San Francisco.



How to Join

If you are interested in attending the CERT Basic Training program or joining the SSF CERT Volunteers please contact the CERT information hotline at (650) 829-4336.