Instructor: Firefighter Susan Jensen - (213) 202-3118
Location: First Lutheran Church, 815 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, (310) 821-2740
Class 1 - May 1 (Introduction, Disaster Awareness)
Class 2 - May 8 (Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques)
Class 3 - May 15 (Disaster Medical Operations 1)
Class 4 - May 22 (Disaster Medical Operations 2)
Class 5 - May 29 (Light Search & Rescue Operations)
Class 6 - Jun 5 (Team Organization & Disaster Psychology)
Class 7 - Jun 12 (Terrorism & Homeland Defense)
You must attend all classes to receive a Certificate of Completion. Missed classes can be made up at other locations. This is a free course.
The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in the course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster.
Learning to suppress small fires
Basic first aid, including ABC treatment, treatment for shock, and related techniques
Evacuation tactics and how to collaborate with city agencies to support neighborhood exits
Communications, including the use of radios
You will not be expected to place yourself in dangerous situations. A CERT member's first responsibility is to him or herself, then family, and finally community.
CERT members will receive 17 ½ hours of initial training. The 7-week course is followed by full-day, bi-annual refresher drills. CERT training is provided within the City of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.