CERT volunteers from the Rescue CERT Team patrolled and answered questions at the Cameron Park Lake Fourth of July Spectacular on June 25
What is CERT?
The El Dorado County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for 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. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills.
CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
In addition to providing assistance during emergencies, CERT members also volunteer and assist at local community events (such as the El Dorado County Fair), including providing first aid, traffic control, and event-coordination assistance.
There are four CERT groups on the western slope of El Dorado County (i.e., not including the Tahoe Basin area of the county). (Please click on the links below to be taken to information about each of the CERT groups).
- Click here for Georgetown’s Meetings and Information
- Pollock Pines
- Click here for Pollock Pine’s Meetings and Information
- Click here for Rescue’s Meetings and Information
- Grizzly Flats/Somerset
- Click here for Grizzly Flats Meetings and Information
El Dorado County CERT works in cooperation with El Dorado County’s Public Health Preparedness and Response
The El Dorado County Public Health Preparedness and Response’s mission is to prepare El Dorado County to effectively respond to public health threats by focusing on public health emergency planning, disease surveillance, detection and control, health risk communication, and public and health provider education and training services.
El Dorado County CERT is Organized Under the Direction of the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services
El Dorado County CERT is organized under the direction and leadership of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with local fire districts. The mission of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is to aid the people in El Dorado County to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies which threaten life, property, or the environment. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services can be contacted at 530-621-7660.
Additional information about the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services can be found at https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Sheriff/Support/Office_of_Emergency_Services_(OES).aspx