Gilbert Fire & Rescue will be holding Community Emergency Response Teams classes on Wednesdays from Jan. 30-March 6 to form volunteer teams of neighborhood or workplace members who want to be better prepared for the hazards that may threaten their communities.

The classes run from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday, and a class member must complete all the classes to be certified. The classes are held at the Gilbert Fire & Rescue Amphitheater, 85 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert.

Teams are a part of community preparedness and response capability. CERT programs have been used for:

  • distribute and/or install smoke alarms and batteries to the elderly and disabled;

  • assist with evacuations and traffic control;

  • promote community awareness of potential hazards and preparedness measures;

  • supplement staffing at special events, such as parades; and

  • act as victims in training exercises.

The classes cover:

  • Jan. 30: disaster preparedness and terrorism

  • Feb. 6: fire safety

  • Feb. 13: medical operations I

  • Feb. 20: medical operations II

  • Feb. 27: search and rescue

  • March 6: disaster psychology

  • March 13: skills development

For more information, call 480-503-6300 or visit