Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program
Following a major disaster, professional first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to fully meet the demand for services. Factors, such as communications failures, road blockages and the number of victims, may prevent people from accessing the emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice when 911 is called. People will need to rely on each other to meet the immediate lifesaving and life-sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles City Fire Department to provide basic training in safety and lifesaving skills to the general public. It has since been adopted and enhanced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Fire Academy. The course is now recognized nationwide and over 50,000 citizens have been trained to date.
CERT classes contain the following modules:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Fire Suppression
- Medical Class #1
- Medical Class #2
- Light Search And Rescue
- Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
- Course Review & Disaster Simulation Drill
The City of Malibu has developed its own, specialized team of CERT volunteers. The team meets regularly at City Hall and trains to support the activities of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), as well as to be available to support the volunteer needs of associated agencies, such as the Sheriff's and Fire Departments.
Mission Statement: The purpose of Malibu CERT is to assist the City of Malibu by providing assistance, as needed, for emergency disaster response to the City of Malibu and surrounding communities and to educate and promote disaster/emergency awareness to all citizens.
For more information, contact Brad Davis, Emergency Services Coordinator, at (310) 456-2489 extension 260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.