Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Our Mission

TRAIN Responders
ASSIST The City
PREPARE For Disaster
EDUCATE The Community

Who We Are

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program was started by the Culver City Fire Department in November 1997. 

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, we can assist people following an event when professional responders are not available to help. We also participate in emergency preparedness projects in our community.

We play an active role in Culver City’s Emergency Response Plan. Along with maintaining our disaster response skills, we proudly volunteer at the following events to support our community and raise awareness of our Mission.

  • The Relay For Life Cancer Walk
  • Earth Day at the Eco Station
  • First Aid / CERT Information Booth at the Fiesta La Ballona
  • First Aid at the Los Angeles Veteran’s Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend

We regularly participate in the following events/drills.

  • Fire Department’s City Wide Disaster Drill
  • Training Class Final Drills
  • Assisting with coordinating District and NERT activities
  • Coordinating the Rehab and Response Teams for the Culver City Fire Department

CERT Members also comprise the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service group (CCARES), which maintains all HAM Radios in the CERT Vehicles and City Emergency Operations Center.  These members are both CERT Trained and hold FCC licenses for operating Amateur radio.  CCARES/CERT Members operate Emergency Communication (E-COMM) during Drills and Emergencies in the City. Visit the CCARES website for more information.