San Lorenzo Valley
Community Emergency Response Team
What is CERT?
CERT stands for Community
Emergency Response Team.
CERT is about readiness, people
helping people, rescuer safety,
and the CERT mantra: Do the
greatest good for the greatest
number. CERT is a positive and
realistic approach to emergency
situations where citizens initially
will be on their own and their
actions can make a difference.
Citizens can be trained to
manage utilities and put out
small fires; treat the three killers
by opening airways, controlling
bleeding, and treating for shock;
provide basic medical aid; search
for and rescue victims safely;
and organize themselves and
spontaneous volunteers to be
The CERT training was started
by the Los Angeles Fire
Department after its study of
the Mexico City earthquake.
Since 1993, when the training
was made available nationally by
FEMA, CERT teams have been
trained throughout 50 states and
How Do I Get CERT Training?
These classes are free, so if you would like to schedule a CERT training for your neighborhood or business, first
make a list of all the people that are interested in taking the course with you. A minimum of 10 people is required for a class, and a maximum of 20. Scheduling is flexible. Next, call the Felton CERT
Coordinator, Ray Soler, at the Felton Fire Station (831) 335-4422, or contact him by using this FORM. He will schedule training dates and times for your group.
Download CERT Brochure.
Download CERT Class Schedule
First Aid/CPR Classes
First Aid / CPR classes are free to District residents, and employees of businesses within the district. There is a $36.00 fee for all others. call the Felton CERT Coordinator, Ray Soler, at the Felton Fire Station (831) 335-4422, or contact him by using this FORM, to sign up for the next available class.
- First Aid/CPR
- Held Monthly
- Usually the 3rd Saturday. Call the fire station for the date.
Help in an Emergency
A major disaster is coming sometime. It might be an earthquake, landslide, flood, wildfire, tsunami, or other serious occurrence.
When a widespread disaster strikes, emergency agencies are likely to be over-
whelmed. People will have to rely on each other for hours or even days.
Under these conditions, experience shows that family members, neighbors,
and co-workers will try to help.
Following the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, untrained, spontaneous volunteers
saved 800 people. In the chaos, though, 100 of the rescuers lost their lives. This
is too high a price to pay, because training can prevent such tragedy.
Even in a less serious emergency, is there a way to have trained local volunteers
come to their neighbors' aid? CERT-ainly.
In Santa Cruz County the Public Health Department has the Santa Cruz County Emergency Survival Guide on their website. This Guide will help you to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that face Santa Cruz County. Our goal is to provide tips that assist you to be self-sufficient after a disaster.
What Does CERT Do?
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to provide
emergency preparedness information in their neighborhoods. CERT
members are also trained in life-saving skills, with emphasis on decision-making
ability, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest
People who have taken the CERT training are better prepared to respond
to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Trained individuals and
teams are ready to:
- provide immediate assistance to victims in their neighborhood
- organize spontaneous, untrained volunteers to provide needed
- collect disaster intelligence to assist professional responders
who are trying to allocate limited resources
Training is conducted by firefighters or other
trained CERT leaders. Sessions are usually
scheduled either on successive weekends
or weekday evenings. Training sessions will
- actions to take before, during, and after
- how to operate in a safe and
- CERT concept and organization,
as well as applicable laws
- safe use of fire extinguishers
- sizing up the situation
- controlling utilities
- extinguishing a small fire
- diagnosing and treating airway
obstruction, bleeding, and shock, using
simple triage and rapid treatment
- head-to-toe assessment for patient
- establishing a medical treatment area
and performing basic first aid in a safe
and sanitary manner
Search and Rescue
- planning, size-up, search techniques,
and rescue techniques
- rescuer safety
Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
- signs and symptoms that might be
experienced by disaster victims and
- CERT organization, management
principles, and the need for
- hands-on practice with skills learned
during training sessions
- terrorism threats and strategies in
response, provided by the Office of