Memorial Day Weekend Update | Due to COVID-19 related concerns, Santa Cruz beaches will continue to be closed from 11am - 5pm and Shelter-in-Place orders will be enforced. For more details on our beach closures please visit: Santa Cruz Beach Closures 


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Community Emergency Response Training

The Santa Cruz Fire Department provides CERT training twice a year, every Spring and Fall.
Visit the Santa Cruz County CERT website where signing up for upcoming classes is free and easy.  
CERT is a 24 hour class.

Disaster Preparedness

  • Recent Disasters and Emergencies
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness
  • Community Preparedness

Fire Safety

  • Fire Chemistry
  • Fire and Utility Hazards
  • Fire Suppression (for small fires)
  • Hazardous Materials

Disaster First Aid

  • Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Triage
  • Treating Injuries and Wounds
  • Disaster Psychology

CERT Organization

  • Mobilization
  • The CERT Team in Action

Light Search and Rescue

  • Building Construction
  • Conducting Search Operations
  • Conducting Rescue Operations

Review and Exercise

  • Course Review
  • Disaster Simulation
  • Final Exam