City of La Verne CERT Program

Community Emergency Response Team


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To sign up for training, visit the La Verne CERT Website by clicking this link.

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. In August 2016, the City of La Verne Fire Department initiated the La Verne CERT Program.

La Verne’s CERT Program

The City of La Verne is establishing its own Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) with approximately 69 members so far. These trained volunteers 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. You do not have to be a member of the CERT team in order to participate in the free CERT trainings.

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.

CERT Course Outline

The CERT training courses are taught in La Verne, as well as our neighboring local communities which are all a part of the Area D disaster response region. Courses are taught by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by the state training office for emergency management, or FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes:

  • UNIT 1: Disaster Preparedness
  • Impact of disasters on infrastructures
  • Introduction to disasters
  • Role of CERTs in disaster response
  • UNIT 2: Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Fire chemistry and basic fire suppression
  • Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards
  • Firefighting resources and techniques
  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • UNIT 3: Disaster Medical Operations I
  • Treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions
  • Principles of triage
  • UNIT 4: Disaster Medical Operations II
  • Head-to-toe patient assessments
  • Establishing treatment areas
  • Treatments for burns, lacerations, fractures, sprains, and other injuries
  • UNIT 5: Light Search and Rescue
  • Search and rescue priories and resources
  • Size-up techniques and rescuer safety
  • Lifting, cribbing, and victim removal
  • UNIT 6: Disaster Psychology and Organization
  • Post-disaster emotional environment
  • CERT organization: Incident Command System
  • CERT decision-making and documentation
  • UNIT 7: Terrorism
  • Risk and threat analysis
  • Types of terrorism weapons
  • Travel and terrorism
  • UNIT 8: Course Review and Simulation
  • Course review
  • Disaster simulation drill

Click here for a CERT informational video.

La Verne CERT FAQs

  • What happens upon the successful conclusion of the CERT training? Upon successful completion of the CERT Basic Training, team members can be activated for response in emergency situations or as support for city events, as well as attend team meetings and refresher trainings.
  • Where can members make up modules that they missed? Missed modules can be made up during another nearby CERT programs’ Basic Training session. Please send a copy of the roster for that make-up unit confirming your attendance to
  • Can members attend the final exam and simulation if they have missed a module? Members will need to apply the skills and knowledge learned from all 8 modules during the final exam and simulation. They can attend, however, if they do not pass the final exam they will have to retake that section once missing modules are completed.
  • What will be provided by the City of La Verne or LVFD for those CERT team members who have completed the course? Upon completion, CERT team members will receive a certificate of completion of Basic CERT Training, a CERT team member ID card for identification during a response, a student manual if they have not already received one, and a CERT response bag.