In August of 1994, the Monterey Fire Department responded to a growing concern on the part of the citizens of Monterey to provide disaster response training. With this in mind, the Monterey Fire Department brought the San Francisco Fire Department's highly successful Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) program to Monterey.
The first class of Monterey trainees completed the course in February of 1995. These enthusiastic NERT's, who understand the importance of being prepared, have spread the word since that time. Requests for additional classes have been pouring in from citizens and businesses. Over time, this local program was replaced with a national program known as CERT (Community Emergency Response Training).