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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Community Emergency Response Team

Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, beginning February 11, 2019 through March 11, 2019. There will be no class on February 18, 2019.

In the event of a major emergency or disaster within the City of Lake Forest, most emergency management and public safety resources, such as fire and rescue, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies may be delayed or overwhelmed for a variety of reasons.  Residents of Lake Forest may need immediate response.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a resource of citizens, trained by local emergency management and public safety professionals, which can provide an immediate and deliberate response that may have the capability to save lives and property.


The CERT program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.  The program provides a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.  CERT is a community based volunteer effort and is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps program.


The CERT program includes eight units delivered in 3 hour sessions:

1.    Emergency Preparedness

2.    Fire Safety

3.    Emergency Medical Operations I

4.    Emergency Medical Operations II

5.    Light Search and Rescue I

6.    Light Search and Rescue II

7.    Disaster Psychology/ CERT Organization

8.    Disaster Simulation/Exercise


Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, beginning February 11, 2019 through March 11, 2019.  There will be no class on February 18, 2019.  Attendance of all sessions is required in order to receive CERT Certification.  Classes will be limited to 40 participants. For more information please email CERT@lakeforestca.gov.


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