Javascript not supported

City of Tempe CERT

Tempe Fire Department
Date last updated: Dec 3, 2012

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: October 2012

Geographic Area: TEMPE (Local) (85280, 85281, 85282, 85283, 85284, 85285, 85287, 85289)

Point of Contact:
Gary Ells
CERT Program Coordinator
Tempe Fire Department
1400 E. Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 858-7200
(480) 858-7243

CERT Web Site:
Social Media Site:


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 4 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 22

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 430

Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:

  • General public / Open classes

  • Specific neighborhood groups

  • Businesses

  • Critical infrastructure sectors (e.g., utilities, public transportation)

  • Government groups

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Colleges / Universities

  • People with disabilities

Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:

  • English

Supplemental Training

Does this program offer or require supplemental training in addition to the CERT Basic Training Course? Yes

Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:

  • CERT Animal Response I

  • CERT Animal Response II

  • IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

  • IS-200.a ICS for Single Resources

  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

  • IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

  • Amateur radio operation

  • Additional CBRNE awareness

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Basic first aid

  • Shelter operations/management


A total of 375 CERTs have participated in 35 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:75

Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:

  • Flood

  • Excessive heat

  • Severe thunderstorm

  • Other - Micro Burst

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Initial damage assessment

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Conducting or supporting threat/hazard assessments

  • Mitigation activities (including home safety/prevention assistance, such as winterizing homes, installing smoke detectors, etc.)

  • Conduct and support emergency preparedness efforts and projects, including sharing information with the public about protective actions and encouraging them to practice

  • Support emergency planning, exercises, and drills in the community, including for neighborhoods, schools, and businesses

  • Support for public safety at community events

  • Crime prevention

  • Terrorism awareness

Additional CERT Program Information