CERT training calendars:

L.A. County Fire Department

City of Los Angeles Fire Department

Upcoming/Recent events:

CERT mini disaster drill — LAFD S.F. Valley Battalions' annual event

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 11:30 to 2:30 PM
Where"The Auditorium", 5056 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 

Disaster scenario incorporating search and rescue, lifts and carries, medical with triage, bandaging, cribbing, and more!

Registration required.

CERT Community meeting — Introduction to Incident Command

When: Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
WhereLos Angeles Fire Dept. Station 82 Annex, 1800 N. Bronson Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

The Incident Command System (ICS) is the system used by emergency response agencies to manage emergency operations.

Registration required.

CERT basic training in West Hollywood — L.A. County Fire Department

When: Saturdays, October 13, 20, 27, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
WhereWest Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Learn from the experts on how to prepare for a major disaster. Free CERT course consists of three, seven-hour sessions.

To enroll please contact:  Rob Winrader at or (323) 848-6580 .


CERT Community meeting — LAFD CERT Animal Response

When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM
WhereLos Angeles Fire Dept. Station 89, 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss animal issues in emergency management, disaster planning for animals, and general animal behavior (they may not be yours!).

Registration required.

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
WhereOWB (LAFD Operations West Bureau) Headquarters - 1800 N. Bronson Avenue, Hollywood

The purpose of the refresher drill is to review and provide hands-on training that will include the incident command system, medical operations (triage, treatment, transport), search and rescue, fire suppression. 

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT (helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves, appropriate clothing (long pants, closed-toe shoes) is MANDATORY!  Bring your lunch and drinks.  Please be prompt!

Registration required (register early as the class usually fills quickly).

When: Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 7:30 am to 11:00 am (drill starts at 8:00 AM sharp)
Where: West Valley Medical Center, 5363 Balboa Blvd, Encino, 91316.

The Encino Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Disaster Preparedness Drill at West Valley Medical Center so that CERT members can practice their Disaster Search & Rescue and Medical skills.  As in a real disaster scenario - CERT will be used as spontaneous volunteers and be given assignments upon arrival.  Drill Areas include: Search and Rescue, Triage, and a functional Medical Treatment Area.

The Drill is open to the first 35 CERT graduates who register on Eventbrite. (We will open a waitlist if we reach the 35 tickets.)
Note - there are some other activities the same morning in the valley - this Eventbrite invitation is specifically for the "Encino S&R drill".

Registered participants report to Staging - located at West Valley Medical Center, 5363 Balboa Blvd, Encino, 91316.
Parking for those who drive to the drill will also be at 5363 Balboa Blvd. and any general parking tickets will be validated after the drill.

Bring safety equipment and PPEs.  At minimum, you will need helmet, goggles, gloves (leather & medical), N94 dust mask, CERT reflective vest and sturdy shoes.
Please also bring personal water & sunscreen.

Optional Items To Bring:
Long pants/long sleeves, walkie-talkie radio, working flashlight, CERT forms, pens & notebook, triage tape and knee pads.
**Note, we will have some PPE and medical supplies for use during the drill.

Contact Info: If you have any questions, please email Firefighter McKnight directly at:

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30 AM – 1 PM

Where: LAFD Fire Station 88, 5101 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks

The purpose of this refresher drill is to review and provide hands-on training that will include the incident command system, medical operations (triage, treatment, transport), search and rescue, fire suppression, and disaster alley. OPEN TO ALL CERT GRADUATES! (18 and over)

Bring your CERT bags and equipment.  PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT (helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves, appropriate clothing (long pants, and closed-toe shoes) is MANDATORY!  Bring your lunch and drinks.  Please be prompt!

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 AM – 5 PM

Where: Fire Stations 7 and 8, West Hollywood

May is Fire Service Month, and the L.A. County Fire Department is holding open houses and giving tours of all its fire stations from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 13.  In West Hollywood, these include Fire Station 7 at San Vicente Blvd. and Cynthia St., and Fire Station 8 at Santa Monica Blvd. and Spaulding Ave.

Some of us will visit the WeHo fire stations on Saturday, starting with Fire Station 7 at 10:00 AM.  We will be wearing our CERT vests and meet in the parking lot on the south side of the station.  Please join us and meet your local firefighters!

Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting - CERT Forms - May 8th, 2017


When: Monday, May 8, 2017 from 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Los Angeles Police Department - Northeast Police Station

            3353 North San Fernando Road

            Los Angeles, CA 90065

The most boring part of any response agency is documentation.

The most critical part of any response agency is documentation.

There is a saying, "If it wasn't written down, it didn't happen."

There are official CERT ad ICS (Incident Command System) documentation forms for everything.  If there isn't, there's always good old form '0'.


These are forms you should have in your kit. We'll go over each form that you should have in your kit and explain what it is used for and how it should be filled out.

The meeting is open to everyone regardless of where you live or what level of training you have (non-CERT training people are encouraged to attend).

Attend Event

LAFD CERT Community Meeting / “Medical Review” refresher

When: Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: L.A. Fire Dept., 5056 Van Nuys Blvd, The Auditorium, Sherman Oaks, 91403

The CERT Community Meeting hosted by Battalion 10 will focus on “Medical Review”, specifically covering basic wound care (common injuries following an earthquake) and following up with how to perform a "Head To Toe" assessment (and re-assessment).  Bob Barocas, Red Cross EMR Instructor, will lead a thorough and fun “Review and Hands-On” training as it relates to the CERT Manual, specifically: How to identify and treat common disaster wounds; reassess those wounds if professional care is delayed, and review and practice “Head To Toe” assessments.  For the “Head To Toe” practice, we will be placing our patients on actual red & yellow tarps — lining them up “head to toe” so that you can feel what it is like to work in a real treatment area.  Because of this you may want to bring knee-pads or a soft towel for your knees.