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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 20, 2018, by the City of Los Angeles Fire Commission and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, for their critical help at recent historic wildfires in Los Angeles.

Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Rio Hondo Fire Academy, Notre Dame High School and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – VA of Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System exemplified a giving spirit during the multiple and sometimes concurrent crises that threatened homes and lives.

The Los Angeles Fire Department […]

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 without stop, supplied our first responders with water, Gatorade, and later on, with food and needed supplies as our firefighters stayed on the line.

The LAFD CERT call-out team has passed all requirements listed HERE and been sworn in. Also residents of the North Valley were very active in supplying the firefighters with whatever was needed. They HAD to give since their gratitude to those brave firefighters and also to the LAPD for protecting their homes and their memories […]

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 table/chairs/pop-ups, traffic/crowd control and hydration at the cathedral and at the reception.

LAFD CERT extends its heartfelt condolences to Firefighter Wong’s family and friends and to the men and woman of the LAFD on their tragic loss.

LAFD CERT & ACS Assist in the 2016 Hollywood Parade – Nov. 27, 2016

As in past years, LAFD CERT and LAFD ACS were happy to provide services to the 2016 Hollywood Parade held November 27th. The crowd was in a very festive mood, and the volunteers were thanked and wished Merry Christmas by those that attended. There were approximately 15 LAFD ACS volunteers and 24 CERT volunteers participating.

Main staging was at Fire Station 27 with the briefing given by Battalion 5 Chief Miyagishima where he alerted the volunteers to keep on the lookout for suspicious trucks that could be used as a weapon toward the crowd and gave specific instructions in the event of an active shooter situation. There were 3 Fire Stations involved and each station had two teams, one stationary at a First Aid Station and the other team circulated in the vicinity of the station mixing with the crowds. No incidents were reported, but with the winds picking up at 1900, it made […]

Cyber Attack – Are You Prepared? – Oct. 21, 2016

A major cyber attack hit the East Coast October 21 and spread to the West Coast. Sites like Twitter, Netflix, and VISA were reportedly down. In CERT training we talk about keeping cash on hand in the event of a disaster, but we don’t really talk about it for cyber attacks. What if you can’t access your ATM or bank account? Something to keep in mind. Keep small bills – you may not be able to get change. Start saving now. When you get home every day, take the dollar bills you have and set them aside. Every week, set aside a couple of five dollar bills or a ten dollar bill. They will add up.

Sand Fire Links

Below are some links that can provide informational updates to the status of the Sand Fire:

Geo Map with Activity mapped out for the past days – – – – click here for the LEGEND Outline with crosshatching: Red is active burn, orange is past 12 hours, and black is past 24 hours

Google Map with fire and evacuation areas

KPCC Fire Tracker

Los Angeles County Sheriff, Fire, and Aircraft – Santa Clarita Valley – Live Audio Feed Web Player

Incident Information System – Sand Fire

Incident Information System – Sand Fire – latest fire perimeter maps

ABC 7 Latest Fire Updates, Road Closures, Evacuations & Evacuation Centers

Landsat Image Gallery – Sand Fire Burn Scar

Angeles National Forest Twitter Feed

Sand Fire Facebook Page

Sand Fire WEST – Sylmar, Kagel Canyon, Sunland-Tujunga, Lake View Terrace -Facebook Page

Welcome to the new CERT-LA website!

Welcome to the launch of the totally overhauled and spiffed up CERT-LA website. Countless hours have gone into the design and updating of the site, and we are excited to share with you the revised content and strategy behind it. The website now works better on mobile devices, such as your mobile phone or tablet.

First, for those in Los Angeles, we have a section just for you. That would be the “LAFD CERT Headquarters or LAFD CERT HQ. The newest addition to the website is this LAFDCERT HQ BLOG, ...READ MORE