Estero Bay CERT




Members of CERT serve at the sole discretion of the Fire Agencies.  CERT members are volunteers of the Fire Agencies.  As such, their status as a volunteer is contingent on performing their assigned duties with the utmost care and consideration.

CERT members are not emergency services personnel as defined by state law and as such are not exempt from federal, state and local laws when responding to emergencies. Therefore, all CERT members must use due care, diligence, and appropriate safety measures when responding or reporting, as directed, to emergencies.

Additional Requirements:

  • All participating volunteers must be trained and understand the coordinated command and control structure of CERT and agree to operate within its constraints.
  • Members of CERT are prohibited from communicating with the media and/or making representations on behalf of CERT in any manner, without the approval of the Fire Agencies.
  • CERT members shall not carry or possess any firearms or be intoxicated or impaired while undertaking activities as a CERT member.
  • CERT members shall not engage in harassment or discrimination which occurs when  prohibited verbal, visual or physical conduct is directed at individuals because of their race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin and physical or mental disability. CERT members shall conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This includes avoiding or removing themselves from conflicts, and not discrediting the organization intentionally.
  • Training topics, subject matter or activities not covered by these Standard Operating
  • Procedures or the CERT Citizen Corp Program must be approved by the Fire Agencies’ CERT Coordinator(s) prior to undertaking.

Grounds for Dismissal:

  • All CERT members are subject to dismissal from the program for not adhering to the CERT Standard Operating Procedures at the sole discretion of the Fire Agencies. Some examples of actions that could result in removal from the CERT program are:
  •  Self-deployment to an incident or scene without following SOP document guidelines.
  • Unprofessional, aggressive, insubordinate, discriminatory or harassing behavior toward other CERT members, residents, first responders, or other authorities
  • Failure to follow direction of public safety personnel
  • Conviction of a felony, or a misdemeanor, including pleas of guilty or nolo contendere.
(Note – This list was copied from the Estero Bay CERT Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued July 16, 2014 article 7.  Please refer to the most recent SOP document for up-to-date requirements.)