The County of Los Angeles Fire Department offers Community Emergency Response Team Training (C.E.R.T.) free of charge to residents interested in learning how to better assist their family and community during an emergency.
The CERT program is a neighborhood self-help program that covers the basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not immediately available.
The 20 hour program is taught by LA County Firefighters and consists of a series of classes that cover : Disaster Preparedness; Disaster Fire Suppression; Disaster Medical Operations; Light Search and Rescue Operations; Disaster Psychology and Team Organization; and Terrorism Awareness.
The program concludes with a course review, a disaster simulation and graduation.
Students must complete the 20 hour course in order to receive their certificate of completion and must be at least 18 years old to participate.
For more information on the C.E.R.T. program or to view upcoming classes scheduled in Los Angeles County, visit www.fire.lacounty.gov