RADM Percy M. Reeder
RDML Ralphelle D. Lenoir
Chief of Naval Operations
Serve DC’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains citizen volunteers to be better prepared for emergencies in their communities. CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District.

DHS will hold a CERT Training Class on 21JAN2014

The DC Fire & EMS Department offers CPR training to members of the community on the first and fourth Thursday of every month. The class provides students with certification in CPR for Adult, Child and Infant. Upon successful completion of the four-hour training course, participants will receive CPR certification cards good for two years.


The District of Columbia Defense Forces is a 501c(3) organization formed in 2006 and formalized in 2013, to accomplish three goals:

1] Support the creation of a state defense force in our nation's capital.

2] Provide support for a state defense force for the District once it is formally established.

3] Operate a unit of trained, well-regulated, uniformed, and certified volunteers serving the District in a variety of community-assistance capacities, filling what the DCDF sees as an unmet need until official recognition for the District of Columbia Defense Force.

The DCDF testified before the Council of the District of Columbia's Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary in both 2010, 2011 and 2012 regarding language to establish a defense force for the District of the type specified under 32 USC §109, the federal legislation authorizing states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to maintain troops separate from those of their National Guards. We are hopeful that such an official defense force will be established soon.

The DCDF has entered into a formal partnership with the District of Columbia Office of Veterans Affairs -- as permitted under Title 49 of the Code of the District of Columbia -- to serve as unpaid volunteers within the Office.

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