What Is CERT?


CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people in the communities they serve.

The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic disaster response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

CERT was first established by the Los Angeles CIty Fire Department in 1986. In 1993, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using LAFD's model, began promoting nationwide use of the CERT concept. Since then, CERTs have been established in all 50 states; local community CERTs include all cities in San Diego County and many rural areas.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's professional emergency response, CERT members can assist others by applying basic response and organizational skills learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until professional help arrives. CERT skills may also apply to daily emergencies.

If you have questions regarding the RSF CERT Program, please email us, or call Engineer Dave Bispham or Firefighter/Paramedic Troy Duncan at 858-756-5971.


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What will I learn by joining CERT? Am I eligible to join Rancho Santa Fe's CERT?
Is there a cost to join CERT? CERT Training Schedule
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