Sierra Madre Community Emergency Response Team 

CERT Training Notes from 2018

Here are notes from our monthly training classes
in 2018 (.doc Microsoft Word format).

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Free CERT Training in Sierra Madre!
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October 13-20, 2018 - Emergency Operations Center - City Hall

Learn from the experts how you can take care of your family and neighbors during an earthquake or other emergency. Instructors will teach residents how to prepare and respond in the event of a major disaster.

We don't know when the next class will be offered
in Sierra Madre... So Don't Miss Out!

FEMA's National Course Curriculum Covers the Following
• Disaster Preparedness
• CERT Organization
• Fire Safety
• Disaster Psychology
• Emergency Medical Operations-One victim
• Terrorism
• Emergency Medical Operations-Triage
• Fire Extinguisher Training
• Light Search and Rescue Operations
• Course Review and Disaster Exercise

Class Location
City Hall (basement, enter from south side)
Emergency Operations Center
232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Class Schedule
Sat, October 13 8:00A-5:30P
Tue, October 16 6:30P-9:30P
Wed, October 17 6:30P-9:30P
Thu, October 18 6:30P-9:30P
Sat, October 20 8:00A-3:30P

All sessions must be attended to receive the CERT certificate. If you can't make one or more of the classes it is possible to take make-up classes in other cities to obtain your certificate. We want as many CERT members as possible in Sierra Madre, but the classes are open to anyone 18 years and older who wants to attend.

Sierra Madre CERT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is here to serve the community of Sierra Madre and our surrounding neighbors. We operate under the direction of the Sierra Madre Fire Department.

Contact Sierra Madre CERT at
for more information
or fill out this form to register!

Here's Daniel, Pat and De staffing the CERT table at yesterday's Sierra Madre Fire Prevention Festival.

Posted by Sierra Madre CERT on Sunday, October 18, 2015

CERT Monthly Meetings

Sierra Madre CERT has a monthly meeting in which we do training and then a short business meeting at the end. Everyone...

Posted by Sierra Madre CERT on Sunday, April 5, 2015

Community Emergency Response Team Receives Public Safety Award! October 8, 2014 - Sierra Madre Honors Dinner Sierra Madre CERT was the proud recipient of the Public Safety Award at the Sierra Madre Honors Dinner Thursday night. Thanks to all the hard working CERT members who made this possible.
Sierra Madre Honors Dinner
2014 Sierra Madre Honors Dinner

2012 CERT Games - Sierra Madre vs. Altadena
September 15, 2012 - 10am - 3pm

at Sierra Madre Memorial Park
(232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd)

This is a family event with potluck. Bring a salads or desserts.
Hotdogs will be available for $1 and water and soft drinks for 25¢

Fire Suppression
Cribbing & Victim Extraction
Victim Triage & Casualty Collection
Emergency Communications
Disaster Medical Operations
Emergency Preparedness Demonstrations

See this link for more information and discussion

2012 volunteers at the Sierra Madre Mt Wilson Trail Race
CERT Volunteers working the 2012 Sierra Madre Mt Wilson Trail Race booth

2012 volunteers at the SMVFD Pancake Breakfast
CERT Volunteers working the 2011 Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
(Ted Saraf, Mary Carney, Jean Matakovich, De Alcorn and Harry Hudick)

Sierra Madre CERT is your local Community Emergency Response Team.

One of our goals is to educate the citizens of Sierra Madre about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and train them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The purpose of this website is to help facilitate that goal by providing a central source for communication between the citizens and the various emergency services organizations in Sierra Madre.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in our community.

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program for all-risks and all-hazards. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors in an emergency situation.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a big difference in their wellbeing. While people will respond to others in need without training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:

• Manage utilities and put out small fires
• Treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
• Provide basic medical aid
• Search for and rescue victims safely
• Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
• Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts

Well, it’s like paying for car insurance. You might never need either; you’d hope not to. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family, your neighbors, coworkers and others nearby.

CERT members receive 17 ½ hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training. The 7-week course is followed by refresher drills and ongoing training provided through the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department.

CERT training is provided free of charge within the County of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.

For contact please email