What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a 20 hour all-risk, all-hazard training offered by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT training covers:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Fire Safety
• Disaster Medical Operations
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Disaster Psychology
• Terrorism and CERT
Why do we need it?
After a disaster, emergency personnel and resources will likely be unavailable to respond to smaller emergencies around your neighborhood, as they will be responding to mass casualty incidents and evaluating critical infrastructure. In the event of a large-scare emergency such as an earthquake, fire, or flood, your community may not receive emergency assistance for several days after a disaster.
It is important that individuals take a proactive approach and receive emergency training prior to a catastrophic disaster.
What do CERT members do?
As a CERT volunteer, you may sought by the City to assist our emergency personnel with disaster response activities following an emergency. CERT members are invited to attend regular refresher meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss training, communications, and other emergency preparedness topics. Additionally, the CERT Program takes an active role in exercising by participating in the City’s annual Disaster Drill Exercise.
How to Join CERT
The 20-hour all hazards CERT courses are held periodically throughout the area. Visit the Los Angeles County Fire Department CERT site to see upcoming trainings.
After receiving certification, call the La Mirada Community Sheriff's Station at (562) 902-2960 to enroll in the City's CERT program.