The Sacramento Fire Department and Community Foundation helps our supported groups deliver Fire Safety and Injury Prevention Education Activities, Fire Reserves and Apprentice Programs, Community and Personnel Recognition and Awards Programs, and much, much more!

Who we support

Sacramento Fire Department

Sacramento Fire Department

Sacramento Fire Department Volunteers

Sacramento Fire Department Volunteers

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Training Classes
Volunteer Hours



The CERT concept was first developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985 after devastating earthquakes in Japan, Mexico, and California. The goal was to develop multi-functional volunteer response teams with the ability to perform basic fire suppression, light search and rescue and first aid that would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. Several major earthquakes and fires in California have confirmed the need for training civilians to meet immediate emergency needs. In 1994 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) felt that the concept and the program should be made available to communities nationwide. FEMA in cooperation with the LAFD expanded CERT training to be applicable to a wide range of natural hazards. Following the events of September 11, 2001, CERT was selected as one of the primary programs of President George W. Bush’s new Citizen Corps. As of January 2004, 50 states, three territories, and six foreign countries are using CERT training programs, and in 2005 the CERT program became part of the Department of Homeland Security. It is anticipated that the CERT program will continue to evolve into a fully integrated Fire Department volunteer force.

Our Mission

SFDCF’s purpose is to promote, support, and improve the Sacramento Fire Department as well as fire and life safety in the Sacramento community. SFDCF funds activities and programs similar to, but which go beyond, the conventional responsibilities of the Sacramento Fire Department including public education, outreach, training, and recognition activities and programs.


Sacramento CERT Assists CalOES Boat Teams

Sacramento CERT assists CalOES Boat Teams Deploy in support of Oroville Dam Emergency Operations On February 12 2017 and again on February 19 2017, Sacramento CERT assisted the regional CalOES boat team deploy in support of operations at Oroville Dam. In the past Sacramento CERT has been used to deploye FEMA’s California Task Force 7 […]

MMCA Teen CERT Graduation

Maria Montessori Charter Academy CERT Graduation Drill Students attending Maria Montessori Charter Academy completed their Teen CERT graduation drill on March 15, 2017. Sacramento CERT provided logistics and drill support. Students conducted a mock disaster drill where a tornado damaged some buildings on campus. Students broke into teams and under the supervision of a student […]

Sacramento CERT Class 2017-1

Sacramento CERT is happy to welcome Academy 2017-1 to our team!  Congratulations on completion of your training and we look forward to working with you all!  Thank you Austin, Colette, Derrick, Edward, Jacob, Jacquinn, Joel, Kara, Maria, Patricia, Rebecca, Shawn, Shirley, Stefany, and Victor!


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