JaxCERT logo In the event of a wide-spread natural disaster such as a hurricane or a man-made emergency such as a terrorist attack, it may take several days before emergency services reach your neighborhood and your family. Do you know how to ensure the safety of your family while waiting for help?

Apply today by completing the JaxCERT Application.

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a national program that prepares people for emergency situations in their communities and neighborhoods. It was developed to bring citizens together and train them to recognize, respond and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation.

JaxCERT training provides Duval County residents basic disaster-response skills necessary to address the urgent needs of their community when professional first responders and emergency personnel are not immediately available.

Once trained, JaxCERT members are able to provide the following services to their neighborhoods:

  • Increase their neighborhood's disaster preparedness.
  • Assess damage after a disaster.
  • Extinguish small fires and teach fire safety.
  • Perform light search and rescue operations.
  • Perform triage and provide minor medical service to the injured.
  • Organize as a team.

2014 JaxCERT Schedules

CERT Basic Training

  • Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Headquarters, 515 Julia St. - 32202
  • Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Headquarters, 515 Julia St. - 32202
  • Drill Excercise: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Fire and Rescue Training Academy, 2700 Firefighter Memorial Dr. - 32246 

CERT Basic training includes:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
  • Disaster Medical Operations Part 2
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology/Communications
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Disaster Simulation


  • No Teen CERT classes currently scheduled.  Please continue to check back for future class offerings.

Teen CERT training includes:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety & Suppression
  • Search & Rescue
  • Medical 1 - Triage
  • Medical 2 – Treatment
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism & Teen CERT
  • Teen CERT Organization
For more information, contact Laura Black at (904) 255-3113 or lblack@coj.net
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