Welcome to the Spartanburg County CERT website.  This site will offer our CERT graduates, students, and prospective members a wealth of information about our program.  We hope you find it very informative and user friendly.  For those wishing to get a glimpse of what CERT has done in the past, I encourage you to navigate the main page (click on next button at the bottom of this page to see more headlines) or visit our 2005-2010 photo galleries (old website link).  For those wishing to see photos taken since 2011, please visit our Facebook and/or Flickr accounts.  If you have any questions about the Spartanburg County CERT program or would like to sign up, please click on the sign-up link on the left or call 864-595-5368.  To learn more about our program, please click on the About Us link.  If you wish to learn more about our SARdivision visit www.spartanburgsar.org.

Upcoming Basic CERT Training



Upcoming Advanced CERT Classes


  •    May 2 - FUNSAR Class - More info @ www.spartanburgsar.org

        June 1(6pm-10pm), 2 (6pm-10pm), 3 (8am-5pm), 4 (8am-5pm) or  June 16, 16, 17, and 18 – same times -  Low Angle Ropes Rescue through the Fire Academy -  – awaiting which times they choose

       July 10, 11, and 12 -  Per334 SAR in Community Disaster - Spartanburg Community College – 6pm-10pm – 12 hour TEEX Course


Upcoming Community Events

  • April 28, 2017 - Relay for North Spartanburg @ Mabry Middle School

  • May 12, 2017 -Relay or Life Spartanburg @ USC-Upstate

  • July 1, 2017 - Greer Freedom Blast

Past Events


4/19 - Support Call @ Officer Harris Funeral


CERT Support Services, with generous donations from Krispy Kreme, Little River Roasting, and COSTCO, offered coffee, water, and doughnuts to those who attended Officer Harris's funeral.  It was an honor to assist and please keep his family/friends in your thoughts/prayers.





4/15 - Small Animal Shelter Training


Eleven of our Disaster Animal Response Team Members along with two Polk County Animal Control employees took this training on April 15 at SCC Tyger River Campus. A very special thanks to Dr. Krugler and our own Dr. Elliott for teaching the course.





4/10 - Support Call @ Cross Anchor


 CERT Support Services assisted numerous fire departments in the Cross Anchor community.  They were responding to a residential structure fire.  The trailer wasn't needed therefore a scaled down rehab was offered:



2/16 - FSE @ High Point Academy


Overall, we had 34 exercise subjects and 47 Advanced CERT members particiapte in what ended up being a great FSE exerieince.  The school was so please they offered their facility for a full scale exercise this summer.  Needless to say we're excited about the relationship we're forming with High Point and the future possibilities of utilizing their amazing facilities in the future.  Thank you High Point and thank you to all of our CERT volunteers for making


2/9 - CERT Graduates 2 classes


On 2/9, two classes completed CERT training at Hight Point Academy. We hope to see many of them back for the Full Scale Exercise. A special thanks to Bob Grudzien for helping me out tonight and to Bob and Tim Jamison for helping teach both classes. In addition, we would like to thank Samuel Etheredge for offer Leadership Bootcamp the week after the full scale to the High Point Class. Lastly, a huge thank you to High Point for being such gracious host.




CERT Opens Shelter - 1/30-1/21


CERT Shelter team members  deployed quickly to assist displaced residents after a fire.  A special thank you to our awesome volunteers for their hard work, Spartanburg First Baptsit Church for allowing us to use their gym and Chick Fil A for donating breakfast




CERT Opens Cold Weather Shelter - 1/6-1/7

CERT opened a Winter Weather Shelter open at High Point Academy - A special thanks to our 17 volunteers who helped suring the shelter activation. In addition, we want to give a special thanks to Fatz for their food donation, to Ambustar for transportation, to Public Works for plowing the parking lot, to High Point Academy for being so gracious to let us use their facilities, and to our 4 volunteer night crew.  Due to very minial power outages the shelter was closed on 1/7.



Basic CERT - The Online Route


Currently there isn't a Basic CERT Class scheduled.  However, for those who do not want to wait for the next class, you can join our CERT program by completing the following courses and providing a background check:


Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100


Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams 

IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction


Once you complete these three classes call 864-595-5368.  From there you will receive instruction regarding the background check process.  It's simple and it doesn't cost you anything.  Our background checks are conducted by Verified Volunteers and after the phone conversation, an email from Verified will follow shortly thereafter.  Should you have any questions regarding this method of joining cert please call 864-595-5368.  Everyone who joins in this manner must participate in a Basic CERT exercise within one calendar year after joining.  Thank you for your interest in the Spartanburg County CERT program.




For those who are going through the program or have been through the program, we are attempting to create an online library.  This library will have the CERT participant guide, in-service PowerPoint's, and other CERT/Advanced CERT manuals/PowerPoint's.  To view the library, click on the link below:


2017 Overview


CERT Support Services      

  1. April 10, 2017 - Support Call - Cross Anchor

  2. April 19, 2017 - Support Call - Officer Harris Funeral


CERT Search & Rescue

For more info about our SAR division visit www.spartanburgsar.org

  1. Jauary 22, 2017 - Wellforf SC - SAR Activation

  2. January 28, 2017 - Wellford SC - SAR Activation

  3. February 2, 2017 - Woodruff SC - SAR Activation


CERT Sheltering

  1. January 5-6, 2017 @ High Point Academy

  2. January 30-31 @ Spartanburg First Baptist


CERT Disaster Animal Response 

  1. January 5-6 – DART Shelter @ High Point Academy


CERT Emergency Communication 

  1. Activates in conjunction with SAR and Shelter activations


CERT Exercises/Advanced CERT Training

  1. 1/18/17 - Basic Storm Spotter

  2. 2/3-2/5 - SAR Exercise in Richmond NC


CERT Graduations: 

  1. 2/9/16 - High Point Class - 16

  2. 2/9/16 - Public Class - 12


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