The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) 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. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees. From this beginning, CERT was born.

The program was organized to train citizens to be prepared to assist local emergency responders in the event of a natural or man made disaster.

Under normal conditions, it is comforting to know that when 911 is called; trained emergency personal will arrive in minutes to handle the situation.

In a disaster situation, first responders will be taxed to the limits handling a myriad of emergencies from major fires to structure collapses with mass casualties.

CERT members are everyday citizens trained by emergency personal to be prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. These CERT teams are trained to provide immediate assistance to victims in their area. That assistance may include organizing spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training but are willing to assist under supervision, helping in light search and rescue or just assisting emergency personal collecting vital disaster intelligence and allocation of resources.

CERT members can also be utilized in assisting emergency personnel at large scale public events for crowd control and providing basic first aid and public education. Since its inception, CERT has proved itself time and time again. CERT gives you, the general public, a sense of community pride as well as the knowledge to be prepared before a disaster strikes.

The CERT team at Rock Community is under the Jefferson County Citizen Corps Council and is directly tied to all other CERT teams in the area. This provides assistance to all other CERT teams in the Jefferson County area in the event of a natural or man made disaster.

We are very proud of all our CERT members at Rock Community. We as fire and rescue professionals know that these trained citizens will be there to help and remain a vital part of our Rock Community family.

If you are interested in exploring involvement in our Rock Community CERT team, join us at one of our monthly meetings every third Thursday from 7:00-9:00pm, email cert1@rockfire-rescue.org, or call Rock Community Headquarters at 636-296-2211.