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Martin CARES Program


  • A group photo of Martin CARES participants
  • A group photo of Martin CARES participants
  • Martin CARES participants watch a fire department demonstration
  • Martin CARES participants meet the constitutional officers
  • Martin County EMT/Paramedics perform a demostration
Engineering staff demonstrate traffic signals

Martin CARES (Citizens Academy and Resource Education Series) is an award-winning program that offers citizens a behind-the-scenes look at Martin County government.

Over a six-week period, participants will enjoy a variety of exciting field trips to various Martin County facilities such as our beautiful parks and beaches, historic sites, libraries, and our Emergency Operations Center.

Citizens will also visit completed infrastructure and water quality projects and will hear from departments under the Board of County Commissioners, as well as Martin County's Constitutional Officers.

The CARES program is held twice each year, with sessions beginning in January and February. The next 6-week class begins January 2020.

Pre-registration is required.

Martin County Sheriff's Office helicopter


We want to familiarize residents with the function and purpose of Martin County government, thus increasing citizen awareness of the variety of services offered by local government.

Through Martin CARES, participants will personally get to know the men and women who oversee the day-to-day operation of the departments that provide key services such as roads, water and sewer service, parks, emergency medical services and law enforcement.

Upon completion of the program, participants will have firsthand knowledge of the structure and function of County government and can share that information with friends and neighbors.

Martin CARES Program

The Details:

Each “class” is comprised of approximately 50 citizens participating in a series of sessions held once a week over a six-week period. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and conclude following a “working” lunch.

There is no charge to participate in this program and snacks and lunch will be provided. Air-conditioned coach transportation is provided for adventures in the field.

How to Register:

To register for the next CARES program, please request an invitation, fill out the form entirely and be sure to provide your contact information and mailing address, then submit your request.

An invitation will then be sent to you by mail. 

Martin County Emergency Operations Center
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