Hamden CERT 2019 Annual Report!
(See our Annual Activity for 2019 on our "News Page")   
Applications for Hamden Basic CERT Class #17, are now available! (See below.) 

"Would you like to learn how to protect yourself, your family and make a difference in Your Community?"  

The Hamden Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about Disaster Preparedness for hazards that may impact their neighborhood and teaches them the basic disaster response skills, such as Fire Safety & Suppression, Search & Rescue, CERT Team Organization, Terrorism Awareness, Disaster Psychology and Medical Triage and Treatment.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT Members can assist others in their locality or workplace following an incident when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Students are also instructed in how to handle every day emergencies at home or in their neighborhood.

Specially Trained CERT Members support our 1st Responders and all town agencies by taking an active role in emergency management and preparedness tasks and by assisting at emergencies or with  logistical support for the several planned community events throughout the year.


The Hamden Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting their annual CERT Training Program starting on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The 8 week CERT training is available at no charge. The 2.5 hour training sessions consists of how to make critical decisions during every day emergencies or any major incident. CERT Training gives you the skills and equipment to prepare for emergencies and be able to protect yourselves, your family, friends and neighbors. Completed and signed applications must be received by the Office of the Fire Chief, 2372 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor, Hamden, Ct. 06518 either in person or mailed no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020. 

Hamden CERT Members joined Hamden Police, Hamden Volunteer Firefighters and the Hamden Police Explorers for the Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drives! 

Thank you to Hamden Police Captain Kevin Samperi, Lieutenant John Sullivan and other members of the Hamden Police Department for the organization of the Hamden Holiday Toy Drive that took place over Saturday & Sunday at the Hamden Mart! A “Special Thanks” goes out to Don & Chris Buchelle who made this Toy Drive possible with the help of the folks at our Walmart! Thank you also to the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters who were at Stop & Shop and received many donations for the Holiday Food Drive that will aid so many folks in need this Holiday Season! “Thank you Quinnipiac University” for your very generous donation, you guys went above and beyond and it’s so appreciated!

Last but not least, “Thank you to our 14 CERT Members” who volunteered a good part of their weekend to make sure that there will be many Hamden Children who will be very happy this Christmas morning! We were able to double our donations from last year and we thank everyone who took the time to stop and say Hi, purchased toys, emptied their ashtrays and those who really dug deep to make so many generous donations to this great cause! You are the folks who made it happen! All the members of Hamden CERT wish you, your family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season! Hamden Proud! 🎅

The Members of Hamden CERT wish all our followers a Merry Christmas & a Very Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday Season!

We were happy to support the 2019 Annual Hamden Silver Bells Holiday Celebration at Town Center Park on Saturday, December 7th 2019. 

Congratulations to the members of Hamden Class #16 on their Graduation, October 16, 2019  

Congratulations to our newest members from Hamden CERT Class #16. Their graduation ceremony took place at the Dunbar Hill Fire Station #8, along with their family and friends. We thank them for their commitment and dedication in learning the skills needed to make a difference during any emergency or disaster. Thank you also to CT. StateRegion 2 OEM Director Jake Manke and many of our veteran members for stopping by to support our graduates. We look forward to working along with them in the future during any emergency activations or community planned events. 

Photos by Team Member John Homer

Congratulations to Hamden CERT on their National  Recognition in the latest issue of

"CERT Responder Magazine!" 

Congratulations to the Members of Hamden CERT on their National Recognition in the latest issue of "CERT Responder Magazine"! Thank you to Mayor Curt Leng and Fire Chief Gary Merwede for your support of our dedicated members and our community service program!

April 25, 2019
Thanks to Our Team Members who participated in a full day of training at the CT. Emergency Management Symposium!  

Thank you Team Members for coming out today to spend a full day at the 2019 CT. Emergency Management Symposium in Cromwell. It was a great day with excellent subject matter and outstanding speakers! We learned a great deal about Emergency Management Operations that will benefit our team, our community and our operations at any major weather event or other emergency that could expand into a multi operational period incident.  Thanks for taking time off from work and rearranging your schedules to attend this informative presentation.  It's your dedication to our team that makes us the proficient team that we are! Hopefully, some of our members who couldn’t join us today, can join us next year. 

Thank you to Porto's Tire of Hamden for their generous donation to Hamden CERT! 

Thank you to Porto's Tire Service of Hamden, CT. for their generous donation of 4 Chrome Wheel Covers for our Hamden CERT Emergency Response Vehicle! A Special Thank You goes out to Hamden CERT Member Marc Goldberg for making this happen! We truly appreciate your recognition of our service to the Hamden community . 

Hamden CERT assist Samaritan's Purse with Disaster Relief after the Tornado of 2018! 

Hamden CERT Members had the opportunity to assist the volunteers from “Samaritan’s Purse Relief Organization” in assisting homeowners recover from the damage caused by the tornado and storms of May 15th.  Multiple teams headed out to Hamden, North Haven and Wallingford in assisting homeowners with the cutting of hazardous trees, limbs, branches and removal of storm debris.

Appreciative and amazed are two of the comments that we heard over and over durning our many days of deployments. Thankful beyond words and happy tears were not uncommon with the people we served. Rewarding and fulfilling were the feelings that we experienced in helping these folks and assisting them with their long road to recovery. The damage to our community is extensive and working alongside these outstanding volunteers from all over the country was a blessing that goes beyond words. A Special Thank you to Pastor Jim Detweiler of Hope Church, North Haven for the use of their facilities and to Chick-Fil-A, North Haven for supplying us with a great meal on Saturday, June 23rd for the workers and the folks that we served, during that day.

"A Special Thank You goes out to our Hamden CERT Members" who volunteered over 100 service hours assisting the members of Samaritan's Purse.  It was an honor and privilege to be part of the team from “Samaritan’s Purse” who have helped folks from all over the area. Again, thank you to all the members of “Samaritan’s Purse” for the blessings that you provided for so many of our neighbors, in their time of need! We will always remember you for your fine example of people helping people! 

"Thank you to Our Friends from  the Hamden Rotary Club!" 

The members of the Hamden Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)  would like to thank the Officers, Directors and Members of the Hamden Rotary Club for their ongoing support of our program. We are honored to work alongside of the Rotary Members for the common, civic goals of making our community a better, healthier and safer place for all of us!  


Thank you Dunbar Hill Station #8 Members!

We would like to take the time to send a special thanks to the members of the

Dunbar Hill Fire Company #8 for their hospitality and opening their meeting hall to our Hamden CERT Members for our monthly meetings and trainings. Their generous proposal allows us to hold our basic training classes there also.

Their generosity allows us to have a place to hold all of our activities and also have a place to call home!


The funds raised by the rental of their hall are used for the upkeep & improvements of their station. If you know of anyone who is interested in the rental of the hall, please contact them through the information provided below. We sincerely thank the membership of Dunbar Hill Station #8 Volunteers for reaching out to us and proving again the affiliation of Volunteer Emergency Services to help our community!

          EMERGENCY         OPERATIONS

The primary mission of Hamden CERT is to assist the community after major disasters  when  first responders, who normally provide fire and medical services, will be unable to meet the increased demand for their services. 


Factors such as increased number of casualties, communication failures, road blockages, and damaged infrastructure will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through dialing 911. Our residents and visitors will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life- saving and life-sustaining needs. This is when and where CERT volunteers would step up and provide our community with the emergency care and skills needed to help them stay safe until additional services can be provided.

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Our goal is to educate our residents and make all of our citizens aware of the need to be prepared and to assist our neighbors and first responders when needed.


As a volunteer community organization, we constantly reach out to the public. We have assisted our town and its residents at many annual community events, including;  Hamden Town Road Race, Hamden Expo, Earth Day, Summer Concert Series, Food Truck Festivals and the Annual Fireworks Celebration.




We are proud to be the recipients of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Award for Service Organization of the Year!

Hamden CERT Upcoming Events








Wednesday, March 4th, Start of Basic Class # 17, Dunbar Hill Station, 6:30 pm. 

Thursday, March 12th, Monthly Meeting & Training, Dunbar Hill Station, 7:00 pm.


Saturday, April 4th, Earth Day Celebration, Hamden Middle School, 10:00 am.

Wednesday, April 8th, Monthly Meeting & Training, Dunbar Hill Station, 7:00 pm.



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