Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

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Disasters vary in size and can affect whole cities or large areas that cross state boundaries. After a natural disaster or catastrophic event, first responders, utility workers, and emergency service workers are inundated with emergencies and recovery efforts. Providing emergency preparedness in the form CERT

of an active Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will allow Paramount residents to be more self-sufficient, which in turn lets emergency personnel attend to the recovery efforts in a timely manner.



The Public Safety CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for natural or human-made hazards that may affect their community. The program provides a uniform approach to disaster preparedness training and organization that first responders can depend on during a disaster. CERT members learn how to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities through training in the following areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Suppression
  • Medical Operations
  • Damage Assessment
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Disaster Simulation

The Public Safety CERT program will consist of two participation groups. The first group involves participants wishing to join the CERT program as certified CERT members. Any Paramount resident wishing to join as a certified CERT member must complete and maintain the following requirements:

  • Complete the 20-hour CERT training series
  • Obtain FEMA’s Incident Command System (ICS) online training certifications
  • Undergo and pass a Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (DOJ/FBI) Livescan background check
  • Receive liability coverage from the City
  • Dedicate a minimum of 16 volunteer hours annually toward emergency management efforts, training, and/or outreach or community engagement efforts
  • Must be in good moral character and good standing with the values and ethics of the Public Safety Department

The second group involves participants completing the CERT training without wishing to join the CERT program as certified CERT members. Participants in this group may simply want to learn the information that is offered in the classes without making the full commitment that comes with being certified. These individuals would not be considered Public Safety CERT members.

Any class participant and/or certified CERT member that is unable or unwilling to satisfy or maintain the Public Safety CERT program requirements, including the background check criteria, will not be eligible to remain in the program or retain CERT membership.

If you are interested in joining CERT, please call (562) 220-2002.