2019 Winter CERT Academy

The schedule for the Winter 2019 CERT training has been announced and is presented below. The CERT Academy teaches citizens basic emergency skills and educates them so that they can effectively respond to disasters as a part of a team. The program is modeled after the Los Angeles Fire Department’s program, which has been established in various communities nationwide. The program includes special training for basic fire suppression and medical care. Volunteers will also learn how to size-up search and rescue situations, such as a collapsed building, for example, to determine whether it is safe to go in. This Academy is open to Del Mar, Elfin Forest, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach residents. and to those who work in those jurisdictions.

Candidates must attend all five sessions. There are no make-up opportunities. If you know now that you cannot attend all five sessions, please don’t sign up and take up a seat someone else might use.

In addition to the classroom and practical training described in the schedule below, there are two additional requirements for completion of the CERT program and to be issued a CERT photo-ID Disaster Service Worker’s card:

  1. Successful completion of a Livescan background check. Wait until the academy starts and you get details from the instructor before starting this, but information can be found here.
  2. Completion of the FEMA online course IS-317, Introduction to CERT. Details at IS-317. You could start this before or during the academy, it covers the same material and would be excellent preparation. But do not complete the final exam more than two months before the academy final drill, or you will have to repeat it.

[+] For current CERT members, verified participation in the final drill February 23rd satisfies the DSW Renewal annual training requirement. Existing CERT members are always welcome at any of the sessions to refresh their skills.

Date/Time Location Topics
February 4
Monday
1800 to 2100
Encinitas Community Center Room 142b,
SE corner of Encinitas Blvd & Balour Drive, Encinitas
Orientation,
Disaster Preparation, CERT organization
February 9
Saturday
0900 to 1400
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
Medical Parts 1 and 2,
Search and Rescue
February 13
Wednesday
1800 to 2100
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
Disaster Psychology, Terrorism
February 16
Saturday
0900 to 1400
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
Fire Suppression, Cribbing
February 23
Saturday
0900 to 1400
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
Final Drill

To register or for questions, please email alewin@encinitasca.gov. Please indicate what local city you reside in.