Community Emergency Response Team

In the aftermath of a major disaster, the demand for professional responders can exceed availability. It’s critical for community members to be prepared and feel confident taking appropriate action; you are your best first responder!

In coordination with the Ventura County Fire Department, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the City of Santa Paula, we're thrilled to introduce our new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. This free program is open to 40 Ventura and Santa Paula residents interested in expanding their emergency preparedness knowledge base.

This program equips residents with essential knowledge about potential local disasters and how to safely, swiftly, and responsibly respond. Participants will learn how to reduce fire hazards, set up medical treatment areas, assist responders, conduct light search and rescue, and more!

Completing the CERT program requires 24 hours of training and each graduate will receive a certificate of completion, a manual, and a CERT disaster start-up pack containing a helmet, gloves, vest, and safety goggles.

2024 Schedule:

  • Class dates: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28, and Tuesday, March 5
    • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    • Location: Ventura Police & Fire Headquarters, located at 1425 Dowell Drive.
  • Final drill and exercises: Saturday, March 9

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Live or work in the City of Ventura or the City of Santa Paula
CERT Flyer 2023

Contact Us

For more information about Ventura's Community Emergency Response Team, please contact Emergency Services Manager, Mack Douglass, via email.