Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Coastside CERT Basic Training is available now in the new Hybrid CERT Training format.

You may register for the online portion and start training today. The online aspect of Hybrid CERT training is continuous and may be completed on your own schedule. The in-person, hands-on skills training aspect of CERT Hybrid Training is led by Fire Division Chief and CERT Program Manager David Cosgrave. The next in-person, hands-on skills day will be scheduled for Summer 2021. You must complete the online training and submit your completion certificate to to qualify for the next in-person training. If you complete both the online and in-person emergency preparedness training, you will graduate as a full fledged CERT.

Our CERT classes are offered with special local emphasis on potential Coastside emergencies.

All training is free.

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Summer 2021

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Coastside and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, earthquake survival skills, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Coastside CERT basic training also offers additional instruction in basic radio communication, neighborhood emergency response organization, evacuation information, and tips for surviving a fire in the Tom Lantos tunnels.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during CERT exercises, members can assist their community or workplace following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Coastside CERT Hybrid Basic Training is a powerful and informative course in actionable local emergency preparedness knowledge.

The course is FREE. You will receive a CERT manual (online/hardcopy) as you begin the class and CERT backpack kit at the In Person Training Day.

This free training includes an online portion followed-up by an in-person, hands-on, practical training day led by Division Chief David Cosgrave at Coastside Fire Station 40 in Half Moon Bay, date TBD July/August 2021.


  • Estimated Time = 12 hours

  • Access it on your mobile device or computer.

  • Complete it at your pace and at your convenience.

  • Course progress will be saved and can be resumed later.

  • You will receive the link to the online portion of your training once you register.

  • Chief Cosgrave will hold a Check-In Zoom Q&A session with Summer CERT 2021registered students to add local Coastside knowledge to your online training and answer your questions. With a genuine passion for teaching, Chief Cosgrave weaves his three decades of Coastside first responder experiences in and out of FEMA's basic training curriculum with threads of practical life-saving skills, relatable stories to boost your Coastside survival IQ, and a wicked sense of humor. He knows where all the bodies are buried, so to speak (says he won't tell ;), and shares his amazing experiences to teach you, your family, and your neighbors how to stay safe.

  • Certificate of online completion must be emailed to five days prior to the next In Person Training Day to reserve your place in this final day of basic training and graduation. Our next In Person Training Day will be held in Summer 2021.


  • Estimated Time = 7 hrs

  • Date and Time: TBD July/August 2021, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

  • Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 94019

  • All COVID-19 precautions will be observed: masks and gloves, social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing.

  • Must attend full day in order to receive final certificate of course completion. You will be a full-fledged CERT graduate by end of this session.

  • Chief Cosgrave has designed the in-person training day based on localized knowledge and the Hybrid CERT curriculum checklist. No slides. The emphasis is on learning by doing: Instructors demonstrate and students practice the skills, progressing from one skill station to another followed by team participation in disaster simulations.

If you have any questions, please contact Coastside CERT Program Coordinator Cynthia Sherrill ( Thank you!

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