Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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The York County CERT Training program is an interactive program that promotes emergency preparedness at the individual, family and neighborhood level. The program helps citizens develop skills that may benefit them personally, their family, neighborhood, and potentially, their community before, during, and when recovering from a major emergency or disaster. It also helps to promote neighborhood self-sufficiency until emergency services can arrive. 

The York County CERT Training Program is a free course covering the topics below, along with a practical exercise. It is offered to citizens of York County and to those who work or worship in the County. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and complete a course prerequisite before training begins.  

Each class session is approximately 3 hours. Training sessions are typically 7-8 evenings, once a week, and two Saturdays in the last two weeks.  CERT program schedules are subject to change due to adverse weather conditions, class needs, and/or other events/incidents that require deviation. 

Optional visits to some of our County safety facilities will also be offered.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming CERT training program, please complete the following: 

If you would prefer to fill out a hard copy application - please use the forms below: 

You can email directly to  or mail both documents to:

York County Department of Fire and Life Safety
      Attn: CERT Program
      P.O. Box 532
      Yorktown, VA 23690

or deliver documents to:
 Fire Administration (Public Safety Building) 
     301 Goodwin Neck Rd.
     Yorktown, VA 23692

Monday - Friday
8:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Except Holidays)

Session Dates

  • Class Session 1: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 2: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 3: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 4: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 5: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 6: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Class Session 7: Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Final Exercise Practice: Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 9:00 am - noon
  • Class Session 8: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Final Exercise & Graduation: Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 9:00 am - 1 pm

CERT Program Topics

  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute's National Incident Management System independent study course (taken prior to class/approximately 3.5  hours to complete)
  • CERT Orientation & Organization
  • Disaster Preparedness and Terrorism
  • Disaster Medical Operations I
  • Disaster Medical Operations II
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety and Hands-Only CPR
  • Disaster Fire Suppression