Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about CERT. If your question is not answered here, please send us a message using the form on the Contact Us page. We’ll answer you as quickly as possible.

Who Participates in CERT training and program?

  • Friends and Family
  • Good citizens
  • People interested in home preparedness
  • Parents
  • Communities of faith
  • Community leaders
  • Teachers & administrators
  • Retirees

What CERT training and program provides? Training dates and times are listed on the Continuing Training page. The Greater Green Valley (GGV) CERT provides the basic course as required. In addition there are programs once a month on the last Wednesday night.

Where is it? GGV CERT courses and programs are held at the Green Valley Fire District Training Center, 1285 West Camino Encanto, behind the Fire Station. In addition, other CERT groups offer courses are given all over Pima County.

What do CERT teams do? CERT teams help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, provide damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation.

How much does it cost? Courses and other activities are provided at no cost to participants.

Will I get equipment? Upon satisfactory completion of the basic course and joining GGV CERT, new members will receive a CERT Kit that includes backpack or duffle bag, hard hat, vest, goggles, first aid supplies, bandage scissor, work gloves, breathing mask, duct tape, markers, note pad, flashlight, emergency blanket.

Must you deploy if called? No, the first responsibility is to the member and his or her family first. Then if available and willing, team members may take an assignment. It’s their choice to accept or not.