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CERT

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program empowers citizens to help themselves and to safely help others after a disaster until first responders can arrive. 

After a catastrophic event, damaged roads and disrupted communications and utility systems may delay emergency response agencies.  This could leave many neighborhoods cut off from outside support for days immediately.  CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves and their neighbors before the professional responders arrive.

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

What are CERT Members Taught?

CERT Basic Skills is a 20-hour course s 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.

Do I Have to Join a Team?

During CERT training, 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.

How do I Become a CERT Member?

Locate a CERT team near your home or work and inquire about the next available Basic Skills class.  Since the curriculum is standardized, you may be able to attend a class in a neighboring area but join your local team. 

If there is no team in your area, consider working with your neighbors and with the Kern County Fire Department to establish one.

Where are the Kern County CERT Teams?

 

  Bakersfield
     George Ripsom, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 800-527-2742 
     Bob Belcher, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-477-6081
     Facebook - Bakersfield CERT

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

Indian Wells Valley (Ridgecrest area)
    Brenda Dawson, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 760-384-8859                    
    Kylie Mass, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 805-501-0819

Kern River Valley
    Tom Klein, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-333-0265
    Facebook - cert Kern River Valley

Mountain Communities (Frasier Park area)
    Jim Mason, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-245-1017

Pine Mountain Club
    Tom Yancey, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-242-1094
    Scott Lieberg, Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-378-7407
    https://pinemtccacert.samariteam.com/Default.aspx

Stallion Springs
    Sandy Young, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-304-6968
    David Cox , Asst Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-827-7139

Rosamond
    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

Greater Tehachapi Valley
    James Nelson, Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661- 821-5205
    Facebook - TehachapiCERT
    TechachapiCERT.com

Bear Valley Springs 
     James Nelson, Team Manager , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661- 821-5205

 Golden Hills/Tehachapi  
     David Shaw, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-823-9237 
     Sarah E. Rose, Asst Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-435-2233

 Sand Canyon  
     David Romo, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-823-7238 
     Bernice Romo, Asst Team Manager, 626-297-8727

Alpine Forest  
     Sally Thoun, Team Manager, AlpineForestCERT@gmail, 310-463-4003  

Old West Ranch  
     Rob Dixon, Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 661-822-5050

Don’t see your community?

Contact:

Jeannie Taylor
Kern County CERT Coordinator
Kern County Fire Department
Desk: 661-391-7108 /Cell: 661-301-7111
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