A typical NERT volunteer is not one type. The NERT volunteer is anyone who is active and involved in the community--or wants to be. NERT teams are best formed in neighborhoods through a partnership with existing community groups such as a Neighborhood Watch program, Rotary Club, business group, faith based group or homeowners association. Together with their neighbors, team members and coworkers, they build a NERT network within their own community, teaming with the San Francisco Fire Department. All residents can benefit from NERT training. (Participations under 18 require the signature of a parent or guardian.)
NERT connects volunteers with a network of fellow volunteers all working together for a common cause. NERT members are trained citizen first responders who can help save lives.
The NERT Training Program is a 20 hour comprehensive program consisting of six (6) class sessions. Delivery of these 6 sessions is offered in a variety of scheduling options. Every potential volunteer must 1) attend and complete all six classes; 2) upon completion of the training, SFFD may provide a certification; 3) individuals who complete the program and obtain certification may be invited to volunteer; and 4) all individuals invited to volunteer continue to do so at the discretion of SFFD.
The training instructors are professional firefighters. There is no cost for our neighborhood training classes. There is a fee for private training.
Explore this website for a complete course outline
, our current schedule
and more information. You are welcome to register
for any neighborhood class. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out how you, your group or your business can get involved, please contact
the NERT office.
Lt. Erica Arteseros
SFFD NERT Training Program Coordinator
See what your neighbors are saying about NERT training:
- "All instructors were well prepared, informative & insightful. I greatly appreciated their humor, honesty, detail and passion for this great program. Thank you!"
- "Entertaining & informative. Great teachers!"
- "Brilliant. This course is such a great resource. I feel prepared!!"
-"The group work was very helpful and gave us a good sense of what the duties of a NERT group will be."