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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 response in order to take care of their families and neighborhood in case of a disaster. The training includes 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, CERT members can also decide to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Culver City Community Emergency Response Team is an active part of the Culver City’s Emergency Response Plan.  Along with maintaining the skills necessary to assist our community in times of need, Culver City CERT proudly volunteers at the following events in an effort 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.

CERT Members regularly participate in the following events/drills:

  • Fire Department’s City Wide Disaster Drill.
  • Training Class Final Drills.
  • Assisting with coordinating District and Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (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 (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 here.