Sign up for Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT) in Thousand Oaks


Deadline to register is Monday, August 28, 2017         

Thousand Oaks CERT classes are held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza at 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The classes are scheduled  6-9:30PM on six consecutive Wednesdays. No prior experience is needed and the classes are open to Ventura County residents 18 years and older. The Spring class schedule of classes started on Wednesday, April 5 with the final drill held on Saturday, May 13.  Class #2 has been scheduled and is now open for registration.

The Fall class is scheduled for September 13, 20 ,27, October 4,11 and 18 with the final drill on Saturday, October 21 8:30-4:00 PM at the  Fire Department Headquarters in Camarillo.

To reserve your space, please complete a T.O. CERT Application and email address to [email protected] by Monday, August 28.

About CERT

All classes are taught by trained emergency personnel, including firefighters with expertise in disaster management.  CERT is provided free of charge within Ventura County to anyone 18 years of age or older. To see photos of CERT graduates in action, click here. For countywide CERT information, please visit the Ventura County Fire Department website.


Do I have to be a Thousand Oaks resident to register for the CERT Program?

Although preference goes to Thousand Oaks residents, if you are a resident of Ventura County, you are qualified to attend classes for this program as well as in other communities.

Where do I get information about the City’s Disaster Assistance Response Program (DART)?

The City’s DART Program is managed by the Thousand Oaks Police Department and to become a member of DART, you must graduate from CERT. To learn more, please click here.

What if I can’t make all the classes?

You can make up classes you miss in a later session or with another City. For a calendar of classes in Ventura County click here.

What is CERT?

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a large disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to educate Thousand Oaks residents and businesses about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and instructs them in basic disaster response skills. Using the skills learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can give critical support to their families, neighbors, and community immediately following a disaster when residents may initially be on their own and emergency services may not be available to help.

The training covers basic life saving skills that are important to know in a disaster situation and provides valuable support to the City, neighborhoods, and emergency response personnel. Click here for training highlights.

Why was the CERT Program developed?

The CERT training program was developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and modeled after the original 1985 program used by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. The purpose of the CERT program is to create a well-trained citizen emergency work force which is vital in the immediate aftermath of disaster situations when the number and scope of incidents overwhelm conventional emergency services.

Why do the CERT Training?

CERT members are primarily used in their own neighborhoods. CERT training means you are as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family, and your neighborhood, and serves as the basic level of training for all community-based disaster volunteer teams in Ventura County. In a disaster, normal activities will be disrupted, police, fire, 9-1-1, and ambulances will be quickly overwhelmed, and may not be able to respond for 72 hours. Residents need to be able to take care of themselves until the professional emergency responders arrive. One goal of the CERT program is to help residents respond to and assist others in need and do so effectively without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

What type of training do CERT members receive?

Over the course of three weeks CERT members receive training in:

  • disaster fire suppression techniques and extinguishers
  • basic first aid and triage (bleeding, shock, airway obstruction)
  • light search and rescue operations
  • communications
  • utility control (how and when to shut them off)
  • damage assessment
  • recognize potential hazards (i.e. hazardous materials)
  • disaster psychology
  • organizing and managing a neighborhood team
  • Ventura County Fire Department
  • Fire Stations serving the Thousand Oaks area
  • Ventura County Fire Department Regional Training Facility (Map and Directions)
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • CERT Frequently Asked Questions
  • CERT Refresher Training
  • CERT Los Angeles – Information provided by CERT Graduates and Volunteers
  • Update LA – Latest official information from the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Organization

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