CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
The Brea Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in 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 practical exercises, CERT members can then assist others in their neighborhood or workplace immediately following an event when professional emergency responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT training is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required for each class. The City of Brea works in cooperation with the cities of Placentia and Yorba Linda to provide the training. Graduates of the program are managed separately by the respective jurisdictions and sometimes organized into neighborhood teams.
Two courses are offered annually, one each in fall and spring, with classroom locations alternating between the jurisdictions. A minimum of 20 participants is required for each class, with a maximum of 50 registrations accepted at a time. Registrations are taken on an on-going basis.
About the CERT Training
CERT training is provided using a nationally recognized 20-hour curriculum approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Participants will learn how to:
- Identify and anticipate hazards in the community
- Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
- Extinguish small fires
- Assist emergency responders
- Conduct light search and rescue operations
- Set up medical treatment areas
- Provide disaster first aid
- Help reduce survivor stress
Those who complete the 20-hour course are recognized as program graduates and receive a certificate of completion, a hard hat and a vest identifying them as a member of CERT. Additional training options are provided on an annual basis to those that wish to become further involved in community-wide emergency preparedness efforts. Specific inquiries about program content may be directed to Brea's Emergency Manager.