Surprise Fire Department offering training for emergencies

The Surprise Fire Department is hosting Community Emergency Response Team training throughout May. Call 623-222-5000 for information.

Surprise residents interested in learning how to volunteer in an emergency or disaster situation will soon get hands-on training.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training during several classes in May.

CERT is a FEMA program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

The course covers:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • Psychology and Team Organization
  • Disaster Simulation

A grant from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security is paying for the training Tuesday, May 7; Thursday, May 9; Saturday, May 11; Tuesday, May 14; Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18.

The Tuesday and Thursday classes run from 6 to 9 p.m., while the Saturday classes are scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon.

All sessions must be completed for certification. Makeup classes will not be offered.

Classes will be held in the Surprise Fire-Medical Administration Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, #101.

For information, or to register for the CERT training, call 623-222-5000.


  • What: Community Emergency Response Team training
  • When: Several dates in May
  • Where: Surprise Fire-Medical Administration Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, #101
  • Cost: Free
  • Information: 623-222-5000

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.