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Carlsbad CERT

Given the region’s persistent threat from wildfire, and the potential risks from earthquake, pandemic flu or other natural or man-made disasters, the Carlsbad Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program plays a key role in the City of Carlsbad’s goal to advance community safety. When large-scale incidents occur, CERTs provide neighbor-helping-neighbor assistance before the arrival of Carlsbad firefighters, police or other first responders.

Since its inception in 2008, approximately 300 CERT volunteers have completed training. Carlsbad CERT volunteers are trained in basic first aid, light search and rescue and small fire suppression, and are closely associated with Carlsbad’s Fire Department. CERT volunteer response actions are directed by the city’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. They play a large role in community safety and emergency preparedness awareness and public outreach. Carlsbad CERT’s purpose is to assist the Carlsbad community and residents in emergency preparedness and response. CERT volunteers may not self-deploy, or activate without proper approval. The program is primarily intended for Carlsbad residents.

If you are interested in joining CERT, please fill out a application and attend our next info session.

Roles & Responsibilities

Specific roles and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Assist neighbors in the event of an emergency    
  • Shelter and logistics support
  • Local Assistance Center support
  • Emergency Operations Center support  
  • Emergency preparedness support and outreach
  • Knowledge of Carlsbad-specific hazards
  • Family emergency preparedness procedures and kits
  • Business and school emergency preparedness procedures and kits
  • Basic first aid  
  • Evacuation and evacuation site administrative and logistic support
  • Special needs population emergency preparedness and response support

CERT Members do not:

  • Suppress large fires
  • Enter heavily damaged or dangerous structures
  • Perform hazardous material cleanup or respond to biological, chemical or radiological hazards
  • Perform fire, search and rescue or medical operations beyond their training
  • Activate or deploy unless directed to do so by the city's emergency preparedness coordinator
  • Replace professional first responders