06 Jan

2015 CERT Classes in the area

A daytime CERT class is being offered starting in March at Mt. Washington Elementary School, 3981 San Rafael Ave., LA, CA 90065. The class meets on Tuesdays beginning March 3rd and ends April 21st, with no class on March 31st. The class is from 8:30-11.

CERT classes are offered through the LA Fire Dept. and are free of charge. New classes are added regularly – check eventbrite for the latest info: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/lafd-cert-program-7803155391

To become a CERT graduate, you must complete the 17-1/2 hour course (Level 1). Level 1 training is taught by professional experienced firefighters and paramedics. Most classes run one evening  a week for 7 weeks, although some classes are available daytime and/or weekends. More info is available on the CERT website: www.cert-la.com.


CLASS 1 – INTRODUCTION, EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS Registration Introduction Earthquake Threat in Southern California Personal & Family Preparation Nonstructural Hazard Mitigation

CLASS 2 – DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION TECHNIQUES Fire Chemistry Fire Extinguisher Use Utility Control Creative Firefighting Techniques Hazardous Materials / Placarding

CLASS 3 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS (SESSION 1) Recognizing Life-Threatening Emergencies Treating Life-Threatening Emergencies Triage

CLASS 4 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS (SESSION 2) AND MULTI-CASUALTY INCIDENT Head-to-Toe Evaluation Treating Non-Life-Threatening Emergencies Treatment Area Management

CLASS 5 – LIGHT SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATIONS Evacuation Search Techniques Rescue Methods / Cribbing

CLASS 6 –TEAM ORGANIZATION & DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY Developing a Response Team Incident Command System “ICS” Psychological “Size-Up”

CLASS 7 – TERRORISM & HOMELAND DEFENSE History of Terrorism Do’s and Don’ts During a Terrorist Act Homeland Defense Tips