CERT Training promotes a partnership between professional emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces in basic emergency response skills. CERT trained members enhance the emergency response capability of their neighborhoods and workplaces.
If an earthquake, fire or other emergency overwhelms or delays the community's professional response capabilities, CERT members can assist themselves, their families and others, by applying the basic response organizational skills they learned during training. Following an emergency event, these skills can help save and sustain lives until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to smaller scale daily emergencies.
There are three levels of CERT training. We suggest that everyone living in earthquake areas take levels 1 and 2. The total time commitment is about 25 hours and includes First Aid and CPR training. After this training, you will feel much more comfortable living in an earthquake area and more self-reliant in any type of emergency.
CERT Level One
Introduction to disasters, their impact, and the hazards posed by building and non-structural items. Emphasis on the role of CERT in many disaster scenarios.
Identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression strategy, fire fighting resources, and fire fighting techniques.
Treatment strategies for life threatening conditions and the principles of triage.
Patient assessment and treatment for multiple types of injuries.
Search and Rescue priorities and resources, techniques for size-up (determining if a building is safe to enter), search, lifting, cribbing (safely removing victims buried under debris), plus rescuer safety.
Understanding the stresses of being a disaster service worker, how to cope with those stresses for yourself and others.
Understanding the terrorist, their weapons, and what you can do to make a difference.
CERT Level Two
The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims about 12 years and older. Successful students will receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.
CERT Level Three
High Adventure First Aid focuses on emergencies beyond 911 (which will be unavailable after a major natural event), and includes Red Cross Emergency Medical Response, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications.
LAFD CERT Bandaging and Splinting
LAFD CERT Head-to-Toe Assessment
LAFD CERT Fire Extinguishers