The Mission of Pasadena Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team is to prepare the community in anticipation of incidents or disasters by providing training, planning, resources, and community outreach. When called upon in a disaster, we respond immediately using our skills and knowledge to deliver the greatest good for the greatest number of people
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept started with the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985. The department recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Accordingly, the LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until first responders or other citizens could arrive. The LAFD training program proved to be so beneficial that FEMA adopted the concept and made the program available to communities nationwide.
Pasadena CERT starts with the approved 17.5 FEMA class and builds on it. The course emphasizes regional hazards and includes ample time for hands-on training so participants can gain critical life-saving skills.