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 Classes/Events


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:




CERT at Inman Harvest Day


On September 24 CERT once again coordinated the effort of the 7th ever Community Emergency Preparedness Day while also organizing the Harvest Day 5k for the Inman Chamber of Commerce.  With both events the CERT program did a terrific job and should be proud of their efforts.  This was the largest Harvest Day 5k to date and the best attended Community Emergency Preparedness Day ever.



Council Recognizes SCSAR and Support


On August 15th Spartanburg County Council recognized SCSAR for a search in  Chester County.  Once again, to learn more about our Search and Rescue Division of CERT visit www.spartanburgsar.org.  Needless to say, our SAR division was honored as was our Support Division that was recognized at the September 19th Council meeting for the 9/7 support call to assist Poplar Springs and numerous other agencies.  While we don't do what we do for recognition to have agencies reach out to our Administration and make them aware of our efforts is a huge honor and we thank you.


Recent Support Activations


On September 7 and September 21 CERT assisted Poplar Springs and numerous other Fire Departments on a Support Services call at a pallet yard off Freyes Dr.  The initial Support Call was much larger while the second one was contained faster and didn't require as many resources/personnel.  On both responses, great job by all.


Three Support Services Activations in three days

July 16-18, 2016 - A busy few days for CERT Support Services - At the Autumn Park Apartments Fire we were just assigned the task of getting tables and chairs in place for the Red Cross to conduct casework - On Monday we did a limited support service call out (iced drinks and food) to a Pole Barn Fire in Inman and an unfortunate drowning at Lake Lyman - Please keep the families of those impacted by the fire and the family of the teenager who lost his life in your thoughts/prayers - For those who responded to all of these events, an awesome job done by all






Greer Freedom Blast

For the second year we had over 20 CERT members assist the City of Greer with Freedom Blast and overall, it was a successful mission.  We directed traffic at crosswalks, manned barricades, updated our SAR equipment and much more.  A special thanks to everyone who braved the heat on a very very hot day.



Two Support Services Activations in two days

On Tuesday support services was requested briefly at the Celanese HazMat incident and on Wednesday it was requested for a wreck on B-I85.  Fortunately, both incidents had very minimal impact on traffic or their surrounding areas.  All in all, great job by our Support Services who didn't have their normal trailer response due to it being upgraded in NC.




Youth Stop Graduation - 3rd CERT Class of Year

We had the privilege of teaching Basic CERT to a group of awesome Youth Stop kids.  This is was of our more enjoyable classes and we feel the kids enjoyed the extra effort we put into it being fun.  All in all, great group and we look forward to doing it again next summer.



NDMS Exercise

Over 20 CERT members about about a dozen Ham Radio operators assisted NDMS with their exercise drill at GSP.  Despite a few glitches in getting actors for patients, our group did an awesome job.  Most of our resources were utilized in the gooseneck, our DART team was activated, several of our members were litter bearers/patients, and everyone came together to offer support where needed.  All we can say is great job everyone!



CERT Offers Support at both Relay Events:

This year CERT continued their tradition of offering support to both North Spartanburg Relay and Relay of Spartanburg.  We had a great volunteer turnout and as always, worked together as a team to address our assigned tasks.  Great job everyone and fue to our teamwork, we continue to save Relay for Life on the contractual cost they once had prior to our partnership (now a decade long):




First Support Services Activation - Reidville - 4/18

On 4/18, Spartanburg Support Services spent several hours at a house fire ofering support to numerous fire departments on-scene.  We can't say enough about our CERT volunteers.  Great job all all involved.



First CERT Graduation of 2016

Our first Basic CERT class is in the books with 41 completing Basic CERT training.  This brings our grand total trained to 1,204 since August 2005.  A special thank to all of our volunteers and our citizens who have made this possible.


RECENT Activations/Graduations/Etc

For 2016, the CERT program hope to begin new partnerships and strengthen existing ones while not losing focus of our mission, to offer basic emergency response training to the citizens of Spartanburg County.



1/22/16 - 1/24/16 - Winter Weather Shelter

2/3/16 - VRC Exercise

2/12/16 - Missing Person Activation - Oconee SC

2/20/16 - Mock Search Exercise

3/2/16 - Missing Person Activation - Cashiers NC

3/5/16 - Una Fire Alarm Blitz

4/4 - 4/6 - Mills River Search Activation

4/10/16- Teepa Snow

4/13/16 - Litter Bearer Training

4/18/16 - Support Service Activation - Reidville

4/29/16 - Relay for Life N Sptbg

5/6-5/8 - Spring Fling

5/13/18 - Realy for Life Sptbg

5/18/18 - NDMS Exercise

5/20-5/21 - POD for Blankets

6/4/16 - Mock Search Exercise

6/4/16 - Conestee Park Missing Person Activation

6/5/16 - Chester SC - Missing Person Activation

6/21/16 - Support Services Activation - Celanese - Enoree

6/22/16 - Support Services Activation - Wreck - BI85

6/23/16 - Avery County NC - Missing Person Activation

6/25/16 - Greer Freedom Blast


CERT Graduation:

3/26/16 - Campus CERT Graduation - 41

4/26/16 - Achieve Program - 5

6/9/16 - Youth Stop Program - 10



Advanced CERT Course Completions

4/19/16 - Emergency Medical Responder (66hr course)- 20 plus


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