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In a major emergency, such as a significant earthquake, fire, or a terrorist attack, first responders will be overwhelmed. In our mountain communities, a major rupture of the southern portion of the San Andreas fault could bring down the bridges that support the roads leading up to our community. Officials suggest that we should plan on being “on our own” for the first five days. It might easily take weeks, or even months to repair roads and clear landslides. In the meantime, our only lifelines could be by helicopter or by airplanes landing at the Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear airports.
CERT was designed to provide basic training to citizen volunteers who want to assist first responders with initial first aid, light search and rescue, information dissemination, or other administrative duties that would free up first responders to take care of more urgent matters. CERT members are not trained to carry firearms, not is it allowed. CERT members
do not have arrest powers, nor are they trained to fight major fires or to perform heavy search and rescue. Rather, CERT are trained to help first responders, to be their “eyes and ears”, and to assist fire and law enforcement personnel, and the public, when an emergency strikes.
Many CERT volunteers are trained in basic first aid and CPR. Some of our CERT members have advanced credentials and can assist members of the community with many aspects of disaster preparedness. More importantly, in their 20 hours of training, CERT members learn how to take care of themselves and their own families if a disaster strikes.
Through the County of San Bernardino, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs Area, and GLV CERT training is free of charge. Additional classes are being formed, but dates and times are not yet available. However, interest lists are being created. If you are interested in signing up for a future CERT training session, contact David Hobbs, CERT Coordinator, at the e-mail and/or number below. You can make a difference by using CERT training to save lives and protect property.
Area CERT Coordinator
Mail: PO Box 1192
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-1192
Interested in becoming a CERT volunteer?
Upcoming training Schedule:
View the complete CERT training syllabus here
Email David Hobbs, CERT Coordinator, for information