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Gilbert Fire Department CERT

Gilbert Fire Department
Date last updated: Mar 21, 2017

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2004

Geographic Area: GILBERT (Local) (85233, 85234, 85296, 85297, 85299)

Point of Contact:
Kim Yonda-Lead
Volunteer Coordinator
Gilbert Fire Department
85 E. Civic Center
Gilbert, AZ 85296

(480) 503-6325

CERT Web Site:


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 2 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 30

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 880

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

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

  • English

  • Haitian-Creole

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

  • Animals in emergencies (training other than CERT Animal Response modules)

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Basic first aid

  • Additional Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Additional National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • Shelter operations/management


A total of 120 CERTs have participated in 3 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:24

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

  • Flood

  • Excessive heat

  • Missing person search

  • Severe thunderstorm

  • Winter storm

  • Other - Funeral Services for Fire and Police, Commercial Fires, Missing Child

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Sandbagging

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Fire-related safety measures

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

  • Other - Salvage, Customer Service, Security, Parking, Rehab, Ushers

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • 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

  • Fire safety

  • Public health

  • Terrorism awareness

Additional CERT Program Information