CERT Training

Classes are conducted by firefighters from the Redondo Beach Fire Department. Each instructor has specialized knowledge in the area they are presenting. The training is delivered in 2 1/2 hour sessions, every Thursday evening over a 7 week period. The final session is on a Saturday at Fire Station #2, and includes a hands-on drill. The training consists of the following:

  • Session I, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Addresses hazards to which people are vulnerable in their community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during, and after a disaster. As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers. Since they will want to help their family members and neighbors, this training can help them operate in a safe and appropriate manner. The CERT concept and organization are discussed as well as applicable laws governing volunteers in that jurisdiction.
  • Session II, DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION: Briefly covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards, and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, sizing up the situation, controlling utilities, and extinguishing a small fire.
  • Session III, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.
  • Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Session V, LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques, and most important, rescuer safety.
  • Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. It addresses CERT organization and management principles and the need for documentation.
  • Session VII, COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION: Participants review their answers from a take home examination. Finally, they practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in disaster activity.

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Who Can Attend?

People 18 years or older, living or working in Redondo Beach have priority in the classes. Residents of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach may attend if space is available Classes are limited to 35 people.

When and Where Is It Held?

The CERT Academy is taught over an eight week period on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in the Main Library, Room A, Second Floor, 303 N. PCH, Redondo Beach. The Disaster Simulation and Graduation is held on the Saturday following the last evening class from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Fire Station #2, 2400 Grant Avenue. lunch is provided. See the Event Calendar for upcoming classes.

What Does It Cost?

Redondo Beach residents pay $40; fee for non-residents is $100. This is charged by the Fire Department to cover some of their costs. None of the money goes to RBCERTAA. The fee includes a designated CERT hard hat, CPR & first aid certification, CPR pocket mask, photo identification card, training manual and graduation certificates.

What's Next?

Upon successfully completing the training, you will be registered as a CERT volunteer with the Redondo Beach Fire Department and FEMA. You will be asked to read and sign the CERT Code of Conduct and RBFD Waiver.

Application Form

The 2017 application form is available here and also at the RB Fire Department site.

You can also pick up an application form at Fire Station #1, 401 S. Broadway, Redondo Beach 90277.