MOFD's Lamorinda CERT Program

Posted: 14-Jan-2016

Lamorinda’s Community Emergency Response Team hosts Record-Breaking Basic Training Class in Lafayette

Whether it’s because we’re on the heels of one of California’s most disastrous wildland fire seasons ever or because we’re in the midst of an El Nino weather event that could bring heavy rains and flooding; Duncan Seibert, Lamorinda CERT’s Program Manager, is glad more that fifty Lamorinda residents are participating in this month’s emergency preparedness training. “This is the largest class Lamorinda CERT has ever hosted,” said Seibert. In fact, interest was so great the training had to be moved to the larger, Jenifer Russell Room at Lafayette's Community Center.  

Participants have committed to attending six, 3-hour, evening sessions. CERT training is designed to provide basic emergency preparedness skills including: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster First Aid, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, Neighborhood Radio Communications and Pets in Disasters. Moraga-Orinda’s Fire Chief, Steven Healy said “CERT trained residents could provide valuable assistance during a major disaster when first responder resources are stretched thin”. CERTs are trained to secure their family first then seek to help others in their neighborhood. MOFD is Lamorinda CERT’s sponsoring agency.

The course concludes with a functional exercise on February 23rd at the County’s Fire Training Center. Three CERT training courses are offered in Lamorinda every year. For more information about Lamorinda’s CERT program or to sign up for a future training visit Lamorinda CERT.

photo above- Moraga resident and Volunteer CERT instructor, Gordon Nathan presents Disaster Preparedness

(photo courtesy MOFD)

Lamorinda CERT’s Program Manager, Duncan Seibert introduces the students to CERT roles and responsibilities

(photo courtesy MOFD)