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LAFD CERT Statistics

  • Month and year the CERT Program was started: June 1986
  • CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course on average: 70 times a year.
  • Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 970
  • Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 57,000

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What is CERT?

If a major earthquake (or any disaster) hits, do you …

  • have enough supplies for a minimum of 72 hours up to an entire month for all family members, including pets?
  • know how to turn off the gas?
  • know how to safely turn off the power?
  • know how to apply first aid?
  • have enough water for all of your family and your pets?
  • have provisions for living outside your home for a length of time if the structure is compromised?

It is important to know, if a major disaster occurs, the LAFD, paramedics, police…WILL NOT COME! They will be deployed FIRST to major incidents such as collapsed buildings. That is why you constantly hear…You MUST be prepared to take care of yourself. In the CERT course they say…“The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People.” When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances without needing aid from outside sources.

CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. You will learn how to prepare for emergencies, what supplies you should NOW have in your house, how much food, how much water but most importantly, how to protect your family in an emergency!

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The 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 and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

CERT members receive 17 1/2 hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training.

CERT is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.

Classes are taught year-round, Monday-Friday, morning, afternoon, or evening. We will come to your location. Classes can be held anywhere in the City of Los Angeles. Classes outside of LA City require special preapproval.

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To schedule a class for your group, you need a minimum of 20 people to be trained and a location to hold the training. Then call the LAFD Community Emergency Response Team Unit at 213-202-3136.


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LAFD Recognizes Wildfire Volunteers

On February 20, 2018, the Los Angeles Fire Commission recognized those volunteers that helped during the wildfires that occurred in September and December of 2018, for the “La Tuna”, “Creek” and “Skirball” fires. Congratulations to our volunteers and to our wonderful leaders, LAFD Captains John Ignatczyk and Christopher Winn.

Here is the article from the Los Angeles Fire Department:

LAFD Recognizes Selfless Wildfire Volunteers

LOS ANGELES – Groups of dedicated volunteers were formally recognized on February […]

La Tuna Fire, Sept. 2017

On September 1, 2017, a fire broke out on La Tuna Canyon Rd, and it quickly spread in 4 directions. Through the next 4 days, the communities of Sun Valley, Shadow Hills, and Sunland-Tujunga as well as Burbank and Glendale were quickly affected. The activation of those LAFD CERT members who took specific classes to qualify for “call-out” duty was quickly implemented. They assisted at the Command Post at Hansen Dam, and […]

CERT Assists with Memorial for LAFD Firefighter Wong – June 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Accompanied by hundreds of first responders and dignitaries from across the western United States who joined them in mourning, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department gathered on June 16, 2017 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, to celebrate the life of fallen LAFD Firefighter Kelly Wong, who died in an on-duty training incident on June 3.

LAFD CERT was requested to assist with set up of […]

Non-Discrimination Policy
The LAFD CERT Training only conducts non-discriminatory classes. Non-discrimination includes race, religion, gender, and group affiliations.

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. For additional information, please contact the Los Angeles Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team Unit, at 213-202-3136 (Voice), 213-473-7704 (TDD), or email: lafdcert@lacity.org.