WHAT IS THE EL SEGUNDO COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ESCERT) PROGRAM?
CERT is a volunteer organization of trained individuals from the community, school district and business community who will help themselves and others during a major emergency, when first responders are overwhelmed and cannot respond to all of the calls for help. The El Segundo Fire Department currently has three specialized programs, community(CERT), businesses(BERT) and the school district(SERT), to offer El Segundo a comprehensive training program.
WHAT IS A CERT ACADEMY?
Each academy is approximately 20 hours long and takes place over a series of 4 or 5 days. There are 8 modules of instruction divided up into disaster preparedness, fire suppression, utility control, emergency medical operations, light search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism. The final day of the academy includes practical exercises and a disaster drill to put your skills to the test. We require a minimum of 15 participants and there is a maximum of 30.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Stay connected to the Fire Department through the El Segundo City website and you can access our CERT webpage to sign up for our "CERT Email List" which will keep you informed of news, events and upcoming training. You will also have the opportunity to register for upcoming training by clicking on "CERT Registration" and filling out the form for the designated event.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GRADUATE THE ACADEMY?
After you graduate you are an official CERT member for life. We conduct annual, one-day CERT refresher drills, to keep members active and maintain their skill set. And, of course, during a major emergency you will be involved.