The Brea Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during practical exercises, CERT members can then assist others in their neighborhood or workplace immediately following an event when professional emergency responders are not immediately available to help.
The next class begins on March 7 and runs through March 25.
CERT training is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required for each class. The minimum age for the class is 16 years if they attend with a parent.
A maximum of 20 participants for the class. Registrations are taken on an on-going basis, until filled.
Registration is open to those residing in Brea.
About the CERT Training
CERT training is provided using a nationally recognized 20-hour curriculum approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Participants will learn how to:
- Identify and anticipate hazards in the community
- Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
- Extinguish small fires
- Assist emergency responders
- Conduct light search and rescue operations
- Set up medical treatment areas
- Provide disaster first aid
- Help reduce survivor stress
Those who complete the 20-hour course are recognized as program graduates and receive a certificate of completion. Additional training options are offered on a quarterly basis to those that wish to become further involved. Specific inquiries about program content may be directed to Brea's Emergency Manager.