Check out our video from the 2020 CERT Class Exercise!
Our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers CERT training to its residents and businesses periodically throughout the year. The program covers: disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT Organization, disaster psychology, CERT and terrorism, traffic control and scene management.
The CERT program consists of 25 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Classes meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., followed by one Saturday morning exercise drill to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the classroom sessions. CERT training is free of charge, but requires a time commitment because you must attend all sessions to complete the program.
Applications are open to people at least 16 years old who live or work in Laguna Beach, and who have no felony convictions. LBPD reviews all applications and selects each CERT class. Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to join the City of Laguna Beach's Community Emergency Response Team. When a disaster strikes, CERT volunteers take action by:
- Checking on neighbors
- Suppressing small fires
- Conducting light urban search and rescue
- Providing emergency first aid and comfort
- Helping to organize and direct spontaneous volunteers
Contact CERT for more information on the next class.