*Please scroll down for the 2014 CERT Schedule. The 2015 CERT Schedule will be posted in late December.
East County CERT – Be Prepared For Disaster
Are you prepared for a disaster? Earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. FREE disaster training taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. These FREE CERT lessons will train you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training taught in the classroom and during drill exercises, CERT members will be better prepared to also assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster or other unexpected event when professional responders are not immediately available.
*CERT Academy graduates
*La Mesa Fire Captain Brian Manns is giving a few CERT students some last minute instructions prior to a class drill.
Schedule Of Classes
Our 2014 East County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster preparedness class schedule is posted below. Our classes are FREE – registration is required to attend.
*Please note – each academy consists of six (6) classes, note location changes.
2014 East County CERT Schedule
Academy - #1 – Completed
Academy – #2 - Completed
Academy - #3 - Class Is Full - 2015 Schedule Will Be Posted In Late December
September 20 – Disaster preparedness/CERT Organization – La Mesa – 8054 Allison Avenue, La Mesa
October 4 – Disaster Medical/ Triage – La Mesa
October 18 – Fire Extinguishers/Light Search & Rescue – 8950 Cottonwood, Santee Fire Station #4
November 1 – Fire Extinguishers/ Light Search & Rescue (hands on) – HTF – 1301 N. Marshall Avenue, El Cajon
November 15 – Disaster Psychology/Hazardous Materials/Terrorism – La Mesa
(Skipping two weeks due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend)
December 6 – All inclusive manipulative review & graduation – at HTF – El Cajon
Look over the three academies to see which academy will best fit your schedule.
To register, call (619) 441-1737. Please leave your name and best contact phone number.
Times & locations: Academies are held Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Training takes place at 3 locations for “registered” CERT students as noted. Classes start in La Mesa at 8054 Allison Avenue, Fire Administration area. The “hands on” training is at HTF, located at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue in El Cajon, and the third location is in Santee, at 8950 Cottonwood Avenue, Santee Fire Station #4.
Parking: At the La Mesa location, please Park on the street or in the Von’s parking lot across the street, please do not park in the fire station parking lot. In El Cajon, for the Heartland Training Facility-(*HTF), park in the parking lot just north of 1301 N. Marshall Avenue; please do not park in the Animal Shelter parking lot.
Classes: For safety, please do not bring babies or children to our classes. Please wear closed toed shoes only, no sandals. Bring a pen and pencil. Any classes missed can be made up during a following academy.
Note: Always check our fire website www.heartlandfire.org for any last minute updates to the East County CERT Schedule prior to attending classes. Classed are taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Departments.
There are also several other CERT programs available in the county! Click here – CERT Council for a complete list of other CERT programs.
CERT is an excellent opportunity to learn many important life saving skills to better protect yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of most disasters. This translates into saved lives and less panic. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The “free” Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, your neighborhood and your workplace in an emergency situation. Please be safe!