About Montgomery County, MD CERT


Montgomery County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) remains one of the premiere CERT groups in the country. As part of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, CERT servers our community by helping to teach residents how to be prepared for disasters (great and small), providing support to community efforts, and as trained individuals prepared to step up when the need arises to help our fellow community members.

Who We Are

Montgomery CERT is made up of community volunteers that give our time to making the county a more resilient and better place to live. The team is organized under the leadership of Program Manager, Greg St.James and President Carl Brill.

The leadership also includes a core group of volunteers (the Executive and Steering Committees) that perform the organizational, day-to-day task that keep our team running.

In addition to our general membership, Montgomery CERT also has several specialty teams including:

Our History in Brief

Montgomery County CERT in Action

In 2016, CERT members volunteered logged over 6500 volunteer hours supporting Montgomery Count. Our members participated in a variety of events ranging from providing training programs like CERT Basic and CPR/AED, maintain our Go Team skills through advanced training exercises, supporting the community by providing manpower to events like parades and attending outreach events like fairs.

Latest News about Montgomery CERT:

CERT Basic 20-01 Has Been Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 situation, CERT Basic 20-01 scheduled to begin April 22, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.  When we are able to safely reschedule the course, we will contact those who have pre-registered, and post the information on all our digital platforms.  We have a COVID-19 page on our website with more information.

Program Manager’s Moment- Winter, 2020

I hope this new year finds you healthy and safe and ready to learn and grow with us. We have a busy and exciting 2020 ahead . Here are some things to look for: FEMA has issued a revised CERT curriculum. MC CERT is working to integrate the changes and roll them out in our […]

Program Manager’s Moment- August, 2019

Happy Dog Days of August! Our Dog Cooper wanted me to use this time to remind you all of several important events:  CONGRATS to CERT Basic 19-02 who graduated 26 brand new CERTS on August 10! Great job by our students and instructors.  CERT Basic 19-03 is open and filling fast. This class begins August 21, and is […]