County Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The County Emergency Response Team (CERT) is composed of 30 members including a commander, a team leader, two squad leaders and 26 operators. Members are recruited on a volunteer basis with the stipulation that all the training exercises are mandatory. Existing and prospective members have to pass a physical agility test to join the team and must attend quarterly team training. CERT team members receive an additional 100 hours of specialized training including training held at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Members hold certifications in field force operations, the use of long range less lethal impact munitions, riot control agents, field force extrication techniques (CUT), response to active shooter, counter-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. 

Within the Sheriff's Office, CERT members assist with high risk trials, high risk warrants, cell extractions and any emergency situations that occur within the courthouse. The CERT team can also be activated with the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) as part of the Montgomery County Chiefs of Police Mutual Aid Plan. Members can assist with civil disturbances, large events, disaster emergencies and homeland security situations in the greater Philadelphia Area.