History of CERT
The CERT program was first developed by the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985, and the first CERT Team completed its training in early 1986. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now uses the program as a national model for other communities, and former President Bush endorses this training as part of the Citizen Corps Program.
La Verne’s CERT Program
In August 2016, the City of La Verne Fire Department initiated the La Verne CERT Program. The first training classes began in early 2017, and we have trained over 100 La Verne residents who will play a significant role in our community’s emergency response to disasters. In addition to being ready to assist the City during times of crisis, team members also provide support at City events. CERT team membership is not required for enrollment in the free CERT training course. Read more about La Verne CERT here.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Following a major disaster, police, fire, and fire rescue resources may not be able to immediately respond to those in need. In such crisis, it will be families assisting families, neighbors assisting neighbors and co-workers assisting co-workers until emergency response personnel can arrive. Being trained on how to be prepared to respond in an emergency situation in your own community, at work, or on vacation is one of the most important things you can to do assist during an emergency.
The CERT program helps train residents to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
Watch this CERT informational video for more information.