How To Join

Joining Bristol CERT is easy!

Most everyone ages 18 and older is able to become a team member. There’re only 3 requirements:

1. Complete a CERT Basic training class in Connecticut (20 Classroom Hours) These are offered all over Connecticut, Bristol can offer classes when minimum 10 people have signed up. Regional classes are held in the spring and fall. 

2. Complete the FEMA IS-100 and IS-200 online courses

3. Take an oath as a sworn member of Bristol CERT

Individuals who have not yet taken a CERT Basic Training are still welcome to join us at our meetings – Select the Join tab below and we will contact you on how you can join us while waiting to take a CERT Basic training class, information on attending our meetings or answer any questions or inquiries.


Additional Info

Every person who is part of CERT has gone through a 20-hour training program. This course schedule varies either on a weekly basis or on weekends. This program was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is supported by the Department of Homeland Security. While joining a CERT chapter requires the completion of this training program you can take the program and not join a CERT chapter too.  Below are some of the materials covered in this course:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Medical Operations–
    • Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
  • Disaster Medical Operations–
    • Assessment, Treatment, and Hygiene
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • CERT & Animal Protection in Disaster

Bristol CERT offer additional training for our members. While joining CERT requires graduation from the above course nobody is required to take the following classes.

  • Web EOC
  • Shelter Management
  • Traffic Control
  • Point of Distribution (POD) 
  • HAM radio
  • First Aid/CPR/AED

Generally, people just take what interests them. Below is a partial listing of some additional classes CERT members across the country have taken:

  • Large Animal Rescue
  • Shelter Management
  • Ham Radio
  • First Aid
  • Mountain Bike Search & Rescue
  • Search and Rescue
  • Service Dog Search and Rescue
  • Drone License
  • Therapy dog certification

CERT is used to assist with emergency services during a critical incident, as well as helping at planned events. Depending on the situation a CERT team in one area may be asked to deploy in another area. Always of primary concern is that each CERT member has taken care of their own family first.