Oxnard FD CERT program produces nearly 50 more grads- Next session starts Jan. 15

Sign up now to attend classes!

By George Miller (originally published 12/17/14)

The formerly moribund Oxnard CERT (Civilian Emergency Response Team) was revived on the initiative of Fire Dept Chief Williams. Last year he recruited Oxnard Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Susan Duenas, who has reactivated the program and instituted a training regimen.  Mayor Flynn presented  a proclamation hailing the program and celebrating the graduates at last night’s City Council meeting. He warned that the total core of active, trained members is still way too small for a city of 200,000 people and exhorted Citizens to get involved in the program. Read event REPORT.

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Some Oxnard CERT graduates are honored by Mayor Flynn at 12-16-14 City Council meeting. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)


Community Emergency Response Team


Oxnard residents depend on the Fire Department to respond to emergencies OxnardFDin four minutes or less after calling 911. However, if you call 911 immediately after a disaster, it could take hours or days to get help. To help residents prepare for this, the Oxnard Fire Department offers FREE training taught by Oxnard Firefighters that teaches you how to be self sufficient during a disaster. For six weeks, one night a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., students receive classroom and hands on training. The final class provides participants with an opportunity to participate in a full scale disaster exercise. No special skills are needed.

To find out about upcoming CERT training, please call Norma Hernandez in the Oxnard Fire Department at 805-385-7722.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) FREE training is taught by Oxnard Firefighters Hands on skills taught in this series of classes includes: fire extinguisher training (You’ll get to put out a real fire under the watchful eyes of firefighting professionals!). You’ll learn how to do disaster first aid and triage. You’ll even learn some basic search and rescue techniques. At the end of the class room portion of the training, participants will participate in a full scale disaster exercise. No special skills are needed.

Session #1: Disaster Preparedness
Learn about disasters and their impact on the community; personal preparedness; emergency kits.

Session #2: Disaster Fire Suppression

Fire chemistry, hazards, and hands-on training in fire extinguisher use.

Session #3: Disaster Medical Operations Part 1

Triage, head to toe assessments, establishing a treatment site and simple first aid procedures.

Session # 4: Disaster Medical Operations Part 2

First aid treatment strategies, establishing a treatment site and continuation of Session #3 topics

Session #5: Light Search and Rescue

Rescuer safety, search patterns, lifting and cribbing techniques.

Session #6: Disaster Psychology /Terrorism

Terrorism awareness and disaster psychology for the rescuer.

Session #7: FINAL EXERCISE – Disaster simulation with YOU as the rescuer!


2015 Winter & Spring Schedule:

WINTER SESSION – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, January 21, 2015 – Location: Station 1Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, February 4, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, February 11, 2015 – Location: Station 1Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCSaturday, February 21, 2015 –FINAL DRILL – 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Station 1.Fore


SPRING SESSION – 9 a.m. – 12 noon Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, April 22, 2015 – Location: Station 1Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, May 6, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, May 13, 2015 – Location: Station 1Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Location: Fire EOCWednesday, May 27, 2015 –FINAL DRILL – 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Station 1.

For more information, or to sign up for a class,

call the Oxnard Fire Department at 385-7722.





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Some CERT graduates pose outside of City Council Chambers, 12-16-14. (Photo: Dan Pinedo)

2014 CERT Graduates

Vincent Caballero
Peter Camacho, Sr.
Olivia Cancino
Sierra Cathcart
September Robles Coniglio
Janet Crist
Julio Cuamea
Elizabeth DeHaro
Virginia Delgado
Gloria Diaz
Debbie Dietz
Dennis Dietz
Laura Franco
Anna Garcia
Judy Garcia
Yolanda Garcia
Aneyda Gutierrez
Ray Kelpin
Robert Loftis
Lupe Martinez
Jim Milstead
James Prince
Juan Antonio Rangel
Juan Jose Rangel
Ailya Rose
Maria Teresa Salazar
Patricia Valenzuela
Ray Vasquez
Susan Zacher
Bertha Zaragoza
Soher Abdelmalik
Norma Cervantes
Andy Dickson
George Iafrate
Cesar Macias
Eva Magana
Angelica Navarro
Mehrdad Rahimi
Cheryl Sims
John Trueba
Kevin Turley
George Van Hemert
Corin Velasco
Ambrocio Yoro, Jr


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.


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