Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

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With all the recent tragedies and anthrax scares, people have been looking for ways to help and volunteer. This is a great way for you to learn how to take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of an emergency. C.E.R. T. is a group of concerned citizens that is organized and receives seven weeks of training that enhances their ability to recognize, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster. Previous emergency experience is not required. The seven-week course is free with all books and materials provided.

The North Collier, Immokalee, Marco Island, City of Naples and Greater Naples Fire Departments all have Community Emergency Response Teams. For more information please contact the following CERT Coordinators.

North Collier Fire District

Heather Mazurkiewicz, 239-351-0174

Marco Island Fire Dept

Chris Crossan, 239-389-5040

Greater Naples Fire District

Tara Bishop, 239-348-7540

City of Naples Fire Dept.


Immokalee/Ave Maria Fire Dept.

Heather Mazurkiewicz, 239-351-0174

Ave Maria University

Wayne Watson, 239-252-3740


Call the fire district where you live for the next upcoming CERT Class

 Links for Free Continuation Training 

Specialized Training Opportunities (agency with requirement)

  • Damage Assessment Team (Collier County Emergency Management)
  • Human Needs Assessment Team (Collier County Emergency Management)
  • Disaster Services Team (See your local American Red Cross) 
    • Disaster Action Team
    • Mass Care
    • Shelter Operator
    • Family Assistance
    • etc.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) at Work (1)

Community Emergency Response Teams are being developed across the country and overseas in hopes of preparing the general public to help themselves, their families, their neighbors and their community before, during and after an emergency or disaster.

Multi-disciplined training teams are available to provide comprehensive certified 21 hour FEMA training to volunteers in the techniques that may save lives, money, and heartache. For more information, contact your local Emergency Management office.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) at Work (2)Several Southern Florida trainers have completed their training, and several local teams are already in place, including Marco Island, , Greater Naples and North Collier. Active teams are already at work in Orange, Broward, and Seminole Counties. Additional Collier County CERT training will be available soon. Please check this page often for updated training information.

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