Rancho Santa Fe Community Emergency Response Training set to kick off in April

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) is looking for residents interested in becoming part of its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Spring session, which begins April 8 in Encinitas.

CERT is a nationally-recognized program designed to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, and workplaces in basic disaster response skills. During natural or man-made disasters emergency personnel are often stretched thin and may be unable to help residents in a timely manner. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional emergency crews, CERT members may be called on to assist their own families as well as their neighbors by applying their skills learned in training.

This CERT class is broken up into five sessions as well as sections that are web-based and can be completed at home. Topics include disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire safety and extinguishment, CERT organization, terrorism, disaster psychology and light search and rescue. The complete schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m. : Orientation and Disaster Preparedness

Saturday, April 11, 9: a.m. – 2 p.m.: Fire Safety and Cribbing

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 – 9 p.m.: CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism

Saturday, April 18, 9: a.m. – 2 p.m.: Medical Part 1 and 2 and Search and Rescue

Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Final Drill

Sessions will be held at in Encinitas, Solana Beach, and 4S Ranch. A complete schedule with location information can be found at