[+] POSTPONED: 2020 Spring CERT Academy

Date: March 16, 2020 at 4:46:47 PM PDT

Out of an abundance of caution … the Encinitas Fire Department has postponed the April 2020 CERT Academy.

Because of the fluid nature of the COVID-19 crisis a new date has not been selected.

 We will keep you up to date as new information becomes available.
 
Hugh Christensen, President
Encinitas CERT, Inc.

The schedule for the Spring 2020 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.

This is the only CERT Academy scheduled for 2020 for these communities.

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 volunteers, verified participation in the final drill April 25th satisfies the DSW Renewal annual training requirement. Existing CERT volunteers are always welcome at any of the sessions to refresh their skills.

Date/Time Location Topics
April 6
Monday
1800 to 2100
Encinitas Community Center Room 142b,
SE corner of Encinitas Blvd & Balour Drive, Encinitas
Orientation,
Disaster Preparation, CERT organization
April 11
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
April 15
Wednesday
1800 to 2100
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
CERT Psychology, Terrorism
April 18
Saturday
0900 to 1400
Rancho Santa Fe
Fire Station #2
16930 Four Gee Rd.
San Diego 92127
Fire Suppression, Cribbing
April 25
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 training@enccert.org. [ If that link doesn’t open in your mail program, please send an email to training@enccert.org with subject “2020 Spring CERT Academy” ].

Please indicatein the email what local city you reside or work in.