Serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Santee.
Are you prepared for a disaster? An earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. Free disaster training taught by members of Heartland Fire and Rescue and Santee Fire Department.
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.
Please visit our Academy Schedule page for information.
Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for our current training academy.
Applying to the East County CERT Basic Training Academy is a simple, three-step process: