Due to COVID-19, the County of Kern has declared a local emergency.  The Kern County Fire Department offices are closed to the public. 

CERT Volunteers are encouraged to use this time to ensure their families safety and complete or renew their online training.  California Volunteers has provided these flyers for volunteers and ways we can help. 

                                       

"DOING THE GREATEST GOOD,  FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER, IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME"

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

What are CERT Members Taught?

The CERT Basic Course was created to help the participant help themselves and their household before during and after a disaster or emergency. 

The CERT Basic Course is a 20-hour course is taught classroom-style with hands-on activities.  Participants perform tasks such as use a fire extinguisher, practice bandaging and splinting, and lifting large objects using cribbing techniques.  The class ends with a disaster simulation that gives participant the chance to put their new skills into practice.

Participants are taught to be able to take care of themselves, their family, and neighbors in the event of a disaster…in that order.  Therefore, if a person just wants to take the class so they can take care of themselves and their family, they will not be turned away.

What does CERT do in Kern County?

While this is valuable training, it does not qualify the participant to more than help their household or immediate neighbors. For most of the population, this is enough.  For others, they want to serve others. These individuals complete additional training and join one of the teams in the county.

CERT volunteers under their sponsoring agency’s leadership have helped during emergencies and disasters such as flooding events and the Ridgecrest Earthquake.

CERT volunteers also support planned events like large races and parades.  And they provide information at community events to help everybody prepare for a disaster.

How do I Become a CERT Member?

FEMA has “IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams,” an independent study course that serves as an introduction to the CERT Basic Course.

If you still are interested, locate a CERT volunteer team near you and inquire about the next available CERT Basic Course. Since the curriculum is standardized, you can attend a class in a neighboring area and still join your local team.

Where are the Kern County CERT Teams?

  Bakersfield Area CERT
     Lee Prewett, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  661-301-4076
     Bob Belcher, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-477-608
     Facebook - Bakersfield Metro

 California City CERT 
    David Orr, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Indian Wells Valley CERT (Ridgecrest area)
    Brenda Dawson, Communications Lead, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 760-384-8859
    Ryan Marrone, Sgt. RPD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (760) 499-5143 

Greater Tehachapi Valley
    David Shaw, Communications Lead, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (661) 750-2263 
    Facebook - TehachapiCERT
    TechachapiCERT.com         

Kern River ValleyCERT
    Tom Klein, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-333-0265
    Dean Ott, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 760-793-1177, 760-376-1493
    Facebook - cert Kern River Valley

Mountain Communities CERT (Frasier Park area)
    David Reiner, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-289-5188 (h)
    Kevin Woten, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-245-3341 (h)
    Shelley Borgstrom, Recording Secty, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 661-245-3629

Pine Mountain Club CERT
    Tom Yancey, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-242-1094 
    Michelle Wright, Assistant Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-242-0046, 650-400-2576
    https://pinemtccacert.samariteam.com/Default.aspx

Rosamond CERT
    Gary Darcy, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-752-7280
    Gina Darcy, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-754-1804

 Stallion Springs CERT
    Dominque Dieken, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-822-8833, 909-816-
    David Burt, Assistant Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-808-7012, 661-823-1774

Don’t see your community?

Contact:

Jeannie Taylor
Kern County CERT Coordinator
Kern County Fire Department
Cell: 661-301-7111
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