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375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-5957
Fax: 719-385-7385
Contact: Office of Emergency Management
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

City of Colorado Springs / Emergency Management / Citizen Training / Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Training

Are you ready for the next emergency or disaster?
Citizens have come to expect that when they report an emergency, help will arrive immediately.  In the event of a major disaster, first responders will be overwhelmed with the number of individual emergencies.  Not only will they need to respond to emergencies associated with the disaster, but they will also need to continue responding to their regular emergency calls.  When emergency dispatchers receive a call, they prioritize it based on the level of immediate threat to life and property. It's important that citizens know how to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours, or until help does arrive.
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is a free course that provides citizens with basic training in disaster preparedness and response. Through classroom learning and hands-on training people will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster. The course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid.  Topics covered include:
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Medical Assistance
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Fire Safety
  • Terrorism
  • Disaster Psychology
  • CERT Organization
Classes are open to all interested citizens over the age of 14. Please note, individuals between the ages of 14-17 must attend with a parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management at 719-385-5957 or

Emergencies and disasters will happen. It's just a matter of time. Are you ready?
Registration is required.  Please visit the following links for class dates and the registration form.
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