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Arlington CERT Program

Arlington Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management
Date last updated: Apr 26, 2016

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2007

Geographic Area: ARLINGTON (Local) (76002, 76003, 76004, 76005, 76006, 76007, 76010, 76011, 76012, 76013, 76014, 76015, 76016, 76017, 76018, 76019)

Point of Contact:
Shawna Lemley
Emergency Management Planner

620 W. Division
Arlington, TX 76011 - 3231

(817) 459-6933
(817) 459-5764


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: 15

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 360

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

  • Faith-based organizations

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

  • 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

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Additional damage assessment

  • Additional Incident Command System (ICS)

  • Shelter operations/management

  • Additional Search & Rescue


A total of 120 CERTs have participated in 12 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:10

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

  • Missing person search

  • Severe thunderstorm

  • Tornado

  • Other - EOC activation in response to large special event

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Managing / processing supplies or donations

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

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 for public safety at community events

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