East County CERT – Free Disaster Preparedness Classes – 2015 Schedule




*Please scroll down for the remaining 2015 CERT Schedule! Enroll now before classses fill up!

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.

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Recent CERT Academy Graduates




Schedule Of Classes 

Our 2015 East County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster preparedness class schedule is posted below.  Our classes are FREE – and registration is required to attend.

*Please note – each academy consists of six (6) classes, note location changes.

2015 East County CERT Schedule   

Academy – #1  – Completed

Academy – #2 – Completed

Academy – #3

September 19 – Disaster preparedness/CERT Organization – La Mesa – 8054 Allison Avenue, La Mesa

October 3 – Disaster Medical/ Triage – La Mesa

October 17 – Fire Extinguishers/Light Search & Rescue – 8950 Cottonwood, Santee Fire Station #4

October 31 – Fire Extinguishers/ Light Search & Rescue (hands on) – HTF – 1301 N. Marshall Avenue, El Cajon

November 14 – Disaster Psychology/Hazardous Materials/Terrorism – La Mesa

(*Skipping two weeks due to the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend)

December 5 – All inclusive manipulative review & graduation – at HTF – El Cajon

*Please 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 and someone will call you back to confirm.  When leaving your information please speak slowly and clearly, repeating your phone number twice.  If you do not hear back within a 5 days, please call again in case there was a problem with the message.

Times & locations: Academies are held Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Within the academy, training takes place at 3 locations for “registered” CERT students only. Classes start at the La Mesa location of 8054 Allison Avenue in Fire Administration area, one of the classes takes place in Santee, at 8950 Cottonwood Avenue, Santee Fire Station #4, and two of the “hands-on” training classes take place at the Heartland Training Facility (HTF), located at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue in El Cajon.

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 library or fire station parking lots. In El Cajon, for the Heartland Training Facility (HTF), please 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, and bring a pen and pencil and an empty 3-ring notebook binder for the class curriculum, about one and half inches wide.   Don’t worry, any classes missed may 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About CERT

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!