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CERT Training


San Benito County C.E.R.T. Training




The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Citizens' Academy program is sponsored through a partnership between San Benito County Office of Emergency Services and the Hollister Fire Department for the citizens of San Benito County. 

The San Benito County CERT program is designed to help the citizens, businesses and organizations of San Benito County to be self-sufficient after a major disaster, when the scope of incidents can be overwhelming, and the need for a well-trained civilian work force can be invaluable. You can be assisting your neighbors and community by volunteering to be a deployable resource, working with local public safety officials as first responders until professional resources arrive. You could be called upon as an individual or part of a team. 

The motto of CERT is "To do the most good for the most people" in the event of a disaster.

The goals of CERT are: 

  • To promote household self-sufficiency 
  • To promote community self-sufficiency; and 
  • To organize for effective emergency response by coordinating the efforts of paid and volunteer responders. 

Since the program began in 1995, hundreds of participants have learned about CERT and have participated in the program. The training covers safety, awareness, prepara-tion, utility control and fire suppression, basic medical care, damage assessment, light search and rescue, communications, and CERT team management. 

As an active CERT member, you will participate in on-going training to maintain current skills and to acquire more advanced skills.

To Register for CERT Training, or for more information, contact the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services at: (831) 636-4168 or email

Deadline to register is January 12th, so sign-up today!

San Benito CERT Training

Consider Becoming Part of the Team! 

Classes begin Wed. , January 21st and will be held weekly for 8 weeks at the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department from 6:00-9:00 p.m., concluding with a course review and exercise on Saturday, March 14th. 

(No class on February 18)

You must attend all classes to participate in the program. 

There is NO CHARGE for the class.