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Community Emergency Response Team LogoThe City of Delray Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) organization consists of twenty-two independent community teams that are coordinated through the Fire Department, under the leadership of Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Thompson.

The CERT program has trained approximately three hundred and fifty volunteers, of which one hundred and fifty have graduated from an abbreviated refresher program. The basic course consists of an eight-week program, which covers the following subjects:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Psychology and Radio Communications
  • Disaster Medical Operations (Two parts)
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Terrorism and Team Organization
  • Disaster Simulation Exercise

Basic equipment is issued to the volunteers, and most communities have augmented their equipment to meet their specific needs, such as Medical, Search and Rescue, and Communications.

Radio equipment is issued to communities prior to a impending hurricane. This radio system puts communities into direct communication with the City of Delray Beach's EOC at Fire Headquarters; thus providing the EOC with rapid impact assessment at the community level.

If you are interested in CERT training, please see our upcoming course agenda.

If you would like to see the locations of our 28 Teams, please download the CERT Team Locations Map.

If you would like to join the CERT program, please fill the CERT Application. This application can be emailed to or returned to:

501 W. Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Attn. Lillian Gallego


Lillian Gallego
CERT Program Assistant
(718) 749-2863

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