CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself first and then be able to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster, because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately. You can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.  This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster.  If you just want to have the knowledge for you, your family and your neighbors That's Great! However, with additional training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and others, in other areas of the community. If you decide to train more and become part of the San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino Offices of Emergence Services  that training is also offered, after the basic training. After passing those courses you will be given a card to carry from Offices Emergenciy Services of San Bernardino County. That enables you to become more active in "Fire Corps". Fire Corps is divided into four divisions, one of which is CERT. Fire Corps also has Fire Rehab, Communications and ESS of which you may become apart of, if you so choose.



Overall Course Objectives in the Basic course

Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to: 

1. Describe the types of hazards 

2. Prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.

3. Describe the functions of Certs 

4. identify and reduce potential fire hazards 

5. Work as a team.

6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling excessive bleeding, and treating for shock.

7. Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

8. Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.

9. Select and set up a treatment areas.

10. Employ basic treatments for various injuries and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.

11. identify planning and size up requirements for potential search and rescue and describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.  12.Work as a team to apply safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

13. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue operations.

14. Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and those of disaster survivors.

15. Describe CERT organization and documentation requirements.

 16. How to respond to terrorism.




WHY TAKE THE CERT TRAINING? You ask? Well, it’s like paying for insurance. You might never need it, in fact you hope you won’t. But, if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having insurance. Having  CERT Basic Training means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and those in your neighborhood in an emergency situation. Class members receive 30 hours of initial training and it is FREE of charge because we think your safety is so important.  

CERT classes are given by the Certified trainers who are dedicated and believe that the more you are trained the better off you will be. When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your immediate circumstances without needing aid from outside sources. You are encouraged to take CERT training for: Yourself, Your family, Your workplace, and Your neighborhood. It is well worth  your time. And, was  it mentioned ? CERT Classes Are FREE!!! You can not find a better bargain to save your life 




Above are recent graduates taking their oath to serve.

We are a community-based, all volunteer organization focused on helping make our community  around us a better and safer place to be. We teach the Adult Basic Cert Course to individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The person has to be at least 18 years of age for the Regular Course however, we do offer the Teen Cert course for Teen's between 14 yrs to 17 years of age  If you want to take the courses full of valuable information for yourself and your family. That is GREAT! If you decide to become part of the Emergency Services, there are a couple more classes you would have to take and It also requires you take and pass a back round check.




 Above is a student getting his certificate of completion


Full Basic training classes are offered  two times a year, usually in the spring and again in the fall.  The classes can run on different schedules depending on the demand. The classes are one day a week or two days a week for up to tweleve weeks. We also offer a weekend classes if the demand is there. Recently, we added a shorten version of the training for small groups such as Senior Living Centers, businesses or perhaps for citizens living in a Mobile Home Park if they can get a group  together of at least eight people.





Meet Carl Angdahl, he is the training  coordinator. 

 On this website there is a section, to drop down an application. On that application mention when you would be interested in taking the course. [The Basic course is offered usually in the Spring and Fall of the Year.] And, what type of course are you interested in. [Teen, Adult, Short or Full classes} we will cantact you for more information and when the course will be offered.  SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO:

Carl Angdahl at  or phone 562.822.4928 or


The CERTS with the help of our tireless staff,  organize fundraisers, hold exciting community-building events, and provide in-depth training sessions for our Certified Volunteers. 

So, if are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! And, sign up. We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We will help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join OUR TEAM!

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