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Denver Community Emergency Response Training

photo of CERT training volunteers during an exercise

The City and County of Denver, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security offers FREE Denver’s Community Emergency Response Training (Denver CERT) to educate individuals, families and organizations about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, Denver CERT participants can assist others following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Denver CERT participants also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency awareness projects and activities in our community. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, citizens can better protect them by applying the skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

CERT, Not if... When -  VideoDenver CERT Exercise Video


CERT training courses

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities.
  • Describe the function of individuals and their roles in immediate personal response.
  • Take steps to prepare themself and your family for a disaster.
  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces.
  • Apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures.
  • Apply techniques for opening breathing airways, controlling bleeding, and treating shock.
  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions.
  • Perform head-to-toe assessments.
  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds.
  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
  • Learn to assemble their 72 hours kit.
  • Learn about terrorism and active shooter 

Denver CERT Calendar

Emergencies and disasters will happen. It’s just a matter of time. Are you ready?
Denver CERT is a free course that provides individuals  with comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response. Through classroom learning and hands-on training people will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster, and in the process save lives that may otherwise be lost.

Register for one of our training classes and programs today!

View our training calendar

Main Contact Information

The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
101 W Colfax Ave.  7th Floor
Denver, Co 80202
Phone: 720-865-7600

Emergency Operations Center / Joint Information Center
1437 Bannock Street, Room 3
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-865-7600
Fax: 720-865-7691


Need City Assistance?

Denver 311 Help Center 
Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479