Office of the Bexar County Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal

Chief Fire Inspector

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community. The program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information regarding CERT, visit:

Bexar County CERT members are utilized in disasters to provide care for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Members staff the VOC (volunteer operation center) and different shelters, in times of hurricane evacuations. Additionally, they are utilized in non-disaster related activities, such as first aid staffing for Fiesta Oyster Bake or runners during the Texas Open. They also provide public education regarding disaster preparation as well as assisting with different emergency drills and exercises (SWAT, SNS medical distribution, HAZMAT).

For more information on CERT or any of the following programs, please visit the program website or contact the following members of the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management:

Scott Paul, Citizen Corps Coordinator, 210-206-8535,

Gerard Herrera, Volunteer Services Specialist, 210-206-8762,

Fire Corps LogoThe Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates to enhance the capacity of resource-constrained fire and rescue departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career. Citizen advocates can assist local fire departments in a range of activities including fire safety outreach, youth programs, and administrative support. Fire Corps provides resources to assist fire and rescue departments in creating opportunities for citizen advocates and promotes citizen participation. Fire Corps is funded through DHS and is managed and implemented through a partnership between the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

USA On Watch LogoUSAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch works to provide information, training and resources to citizens and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Neighborhood Watch programs have expanded beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch is administered by the National Sheriffs' Association in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more by visiting:

USA On Watch LogoThe Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. The MRC program is administered by HHS.

USA On Watch LogoVolunteers in Police Service (VIPS) work to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs. Funded by DOJ, VIPS is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.