Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Course - Spring 2023

Note: To complete the course, all sessions must be completed by the course participant.
Week 1
May 4, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Welcome / Course Overview 
Intro to CERT  & ICS / Disaster Preparedness
Location TBD
Week 2
May 11, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fire Safety & Hazardous Materials - Fire Extinguisher Activity
Search and Rescue Operations - Activity
Recue Methods and Cribbing - Activity
Location TBD
Week 3
May 25, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Disaster Psychology / Terrorism
Current Security Issues
Location TBD
Week 4 
June 1, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 & 2 
Recognizing life threatening  Emergencies
Location TBD
Week 5
June 8, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Course Review & Disaster Simulation 
Exam, Disaster Activity
Location TBD

Online Registration for Upcoming CERT Courses

View the registration form (PDF) here.  Registrations may be sent to the Emergency Services Division via e-mail or standard mail.

For More Information

After your initial CERT training, you can choose to continue participating with the program. View more information about the program itself, levels of involvement, as well as tips on being better prepared for disasters.

CERT courses cover many topics including:

  • Disaster preparedness

  • Disaster medical operations

  • Fire suppression and Prevention

  • Light search and rescue

  • Disaster psychology

  • Terrorism 

  • Emergency Communications

Preparing for Disasters

Do you know what to do in the event of a disaster? Do you know how to prepare before the disaster occurs? If your answer to these questions is no, come join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training!

CERT is a course that demonstrates how to prepare for a disaster as well as what to do during and immediately after the event. It is free to all participants including non-residents of Placentia.

Course Information

To register, please contact the Emergency Services Division at (714) 993-8214 or email You must be at minimum 14 years old (with a guardian also enrolled in the course) to take the CERT course.