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Welcome to the
Community Emergency Response Team

You Can't Predict...But You Can Prepare

CERT Breaking News!

Thanks to all that attended the June 27, 2015 CERT Refresher!

We hope you learned a lot and honed your skills!


Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system, Alert LA County, to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations. Register your cell phone number, Voice over IP phone number and e-mail address!

This is the official website for the Los Angeles Fire Department's CERT program. Questions, ideas or suggestions? Let us know!

Join our CERT Facebook page

Visit the official Los Angeles Fire Department CERT Facebook page so you get up-to-the-minute feeds of all the comments & suggestions!

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New to CERT or Not Yet CERT

Learn more!

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.

Go to our class schedule and click on a class to get more information.

To schedule a CERT class or other type of training, you can do the following: Go to our Community Training Request site @ http://www.eventbrite.com/o/lafd-cert-program-7803155391 - You can also call 213-202-3136 or send an email to lafdcert@lacity.org. For other information, you may contact the CERT Unit at 213-202-3136.

CERT Graduates

On June 27, 2015, we had the LAFD CERT Refresher, Operations Valley Bureau at Fire Station 88 in Sherman Oaks Pictures are available.
Click here for an overview of all the Battalions in Los Angeles.
Would you like to meet other CERT graduates in your community, find out what others are doing, and get extra training? Get in touch with the local contact person for your area and check the CERT Community Meetings calendar!
If you'd like to keep informed of events, drills, changes to the website, or new opportunities that become available, please send us your name and email address. (The LAFD respects the confidentiality of any information you gave when you registered for your CERT training, and this website has no access to that information.) Also let us know if you're a CERT graduate or if you're still considering it or if you're from another city. Thank you!
For Disaster Services: An Overview and Shelter Fundamentals classes, go to the Red Cross Disaster Training Schedule

(When you go to a class, let the instructor know you are with CERT!)
Effective 01/01/14: Each Call-Out Team member shall:
  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Sign up online at our Call-out Teams page.
  3. Have a Volunteer Enrollment Form on file
  4. Have a signed copy of LAFD Volunteer Acknowledgement of Policies on file.
  5. Complete IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 and IS-315.
  6. Submit your certificates for review and acceptance. If you are accepted, you will be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker.
  7. Comply with the LAFD CERT Code of Conduct and the At-Will Agreement.

Non-Discrimination Policy
The LAFD CERT Training only conducts non-discriminatory classes. Non-discrimination includes race, religion, gender, and group affiliations. For full text of the Policy as stated to the Instructors, please read non-discrimination.pdf.

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, Disaster Preparedness Section, at 213-202-3136 (Voice), 213-473-7704 (TDD), or email: lafdcert@lacity.org.