What is CERT?

CERT training promotes a partnership between local emergency service organizations and the people and communities they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces in basic emergency response skills. CERT members may then be integrated into emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event should overwhelm or delay the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist their families then others by applying the basic response and organizational skills they learned during training. These skills can help sustain life and protect property following a disaster until help arrives. Please join us for this FREE training so you can help your community in a disaster.

A hybrid CERT curriculum will be implemented in the next several weeks.

When is the next class? How can I sign up?

Classes are formed several times each year and run either on weekend days or evenings during the week. Seats are limited in each class in order to insure that each team member receives the best training possible.

All cert classes are postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  New dates will be posted once the spread of the virus is no longer a threat.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. 
For additional information please email Taka Suzuki at tsuzuki@sgfd.org or call us at 626.308.2880.

Who may join CERT?

Anyone who is interested in helping his or her neighborhood prepare for a disaster and provide assistance afterward. Team training is preferred however persons may be trained even if they are not affiliated with a team.

What is the course content? What will I learn?

The basic course will include those components to get the team started and become capable of performing basic CERT functions. Classes are scheduled to accommodate the needs of each team and are available on Saturdays. Each member must complete four 4 hour classes in the following seven areas to become certified.
  • Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves, families, and their neighborhoods for various hazards that may occur.
  • Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress debriefing for victims as well as workers.
  • Medical Operations: Team members will learn how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas, and provide basic first aid for victims.*
  • Damage Assessment: Team members will learn how to rapidly assess damage employing a standardized format used throughout the county.
  • Disaster Simulation: A small-scale disaster simulation, located in the team’s neighborhood, is also a part of the basic program.
  • Fire Suppression: Team members will learn how to use fire extinguishers and other equipment to suppress small fires.
  • Light Search and Rescue: Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.
  • * CPR is not considered a component of CERT training.

Contact us

You may contact us at cert@SGFD.org or via Twitter @CertSGFD.