CERT Program

The City of Ontario CERT training is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning about how they can be an effective responder in their family and their community. This training is provided by the Ontario Fire Department using the nationally recognized 20-hour curriculum approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Participants will learn to:


  • Identify and anticipate hazards in the community
  • Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
  • Extinguish small fires
  • Conduct light search and rescue
  • Setup medical treatment areas
  • Provide disaster first aid
  • Assist emergency responders

Those who complete the 20-hour Basic Academy are recognized as program graduates and receive a Certificate of Completion. Upon completion, you are also eligible to become an active Ontario CERT Volunteer whereby you will receive a FREE CERT emergency starter kit and additional training and exercises during our regularly scheduled monthly meetings. 

Disasters can happen at any time in Ontario. We experience earthquakes, fires and flooding. Are you and your family prepared?

The CERT Basic Academy will resume in-person instruction Fall 2021. The class schedule this fall is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 21st – Disaster Preparedness & CERT Organization
  • Thursday, September 23rd – Light Search and Rescue
  • Tuesday, September 28th – Disaster Med Ops I
  • Thursday, September 30th – Disaster Med Ops II
  • Tuesday, October 5th – Fire Safety & Utilities
  • Thursday, October 7th – Terrorism and Disaster Psychology
  • Tuesday, October 12th – Final Exercise and Graduation

*Training topics covered each night are subject to change based on instructor availability.


Please join our Interest List to be informed directly of when the next course will be.  

Ontario Emergency Communications Service (ECS)


Ontario Emergency Communications Service (ECS) is a specialized detail within CERT tasked with providing auxiliary communications during special events and disasters. The primary mission and purpose of the Ontario ECS is to support emergency communications during periods of local, regional, or national emergencies. By providing the Ontario Fire Department and Police Department communication back-up with an amateur radio system, the integrity of public safety services can be ensured. To fulfill this mission, Emergency Communications Service members must be flexible. They must be able to adapt to a wide range of potential situations, which ECS may be called upon, for support.


Members of Ontario ECS must be...

  • Licensed HAM radio operators: technician class or above 
  • Able to pass a background investigation
  • Willing to work within a structured organization to support objectives consistent with the mission of Ontario ECS
  • Able to maintain minimum standards of training and participation

Visit us on the Ontario ECS Net

Thursday Evenings at 6 PM
147.480 - Simplex
447.200 - Duplex 114.8

If you are interested in joining Ontario ECS, please email K6ONT@ontarioca.gov.e

Become an Ontario CERT Volunteer

Below are the requirements to become an official CERT Volunteer with the City of Ontario. 

Basic Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteer Application Form
  • Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Form
  • Live scan with Ontario PD

CERT Type 3 (Basic)

  • Completion of Basic Volunteer Requirements
  • Completion of CERT Basic Academy

CERT Type 2 (Deployable)

  • All Type 3 Requirements
  • Completion of IS-100
  • Completion of IS-700
  • Completion of American Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training

CERT Type 1 (Responder)

  • All Type 2 Requirements
  • Completion of IS-200
  • Completion of IS-800
  • Completion of Basic First Aid, CPR, AED Training
  • Completion of Stop the Bleed Training

Email us at [email protected] for an application or more information.

Current active volunteers can access their Better Impact Volunteer Portal here

Business Emergency Resiliency Training (Coming Early 2022)

Business Emergency Resiliency Training (BERT) prepares businesses and employees for an emergency through a structures series of training sessions. Each session can be taken as a stand-alone preparedness course, but forms comprehensive training if completed in a series. Each course teaches a skill or adds another tool for building disaster resiliency. Taking the classes in succession allows you to establish a cohort style relationship with fellow businesses in the community. Your participation will have a greater impact in building community preparedness and resiliency because businesses can help businesses in a time of disaster.

Your business/organization must reside within the City of Ontario. 

The BERT Academy will launch it's first ever pilot academy in early 2022 with in-person instruction. To be informed of when the class dates are announced more directly, please join our Interest List

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