Centerville has embarked on a program to renew our CERT program and each Stake has committed to encouraging participation of several people from neighborhoods.
There are two training programs available for CERT Training.
First is a normal face to face class conducted at the Centerville Fire Station, which will run for 8 weeks September 20 - November 10, 2022. While each participant will select a primary day to attend (Tuesday or Thursday), the day can be altered, if necessary, on any week. The class will begin at 6:30 pm and will run about 3 hours. The class fee is $30 for Centerville residents, $10 additionally for a printed manual. As part of the class fee participants will receive a CERT bag, equipment, and course outline.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.
CERT became a national program in 1993. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories. Each is unique to its community and all are essential to building a Culture of Preparedness in the United States. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide and more than 600,000 people have trained since CERT became a national program.