Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy

The Redondo Beach Fire Department C.E.R.T. Academy began in April 1996, with overwhelming success. To date, over 1000 individuals have received training. The C.E.R.T. concept is based on increasing disaster preparedness and awareness within the community by having a core group of trained individuals capable of assisting themselves, their family and their neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster.

Although Fire and Police emergency service personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle disasters, they will not be able to help everyone in post disaster response and recovery. You can make the difference by using the training you will receive to save lives and protect property. Are you ready?

A team of Redondo Beach firefighter instructors provide the training and will cover topics including disaster preparedness, CPR & First Aid, disaster medical operations, damage assessment, extinguisher use, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization.

Upon successfully completing the training, you could be registered as a disaster service worker for the City of Redondo Beach. Registered volunteers are required to participate in future disaster preparedness training activities to maintain their volunteer status.

The fee is $40.00 per person for Redondo Beach residents, $100.00 per person for non-residents. The fee includes a designated C.E.R.T. hard hat, CPR & First Aid certification, photo identification card, training manual and graduation certificates.  Payments can be delivered to Fire Station 1, 401 South Broadway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. We accept cash and checks made payable to The City of Redondo Beach. The registration form can be found here C.E.R.T. Registration Form 2024.

The C.E.R.T. Academy is currently taught Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and one Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during a nine-week period.

If you are interested in participating or for additional information about the academy, please contact Captain Curt Mahoney at or (310) 318-0663 x 3576. Please note that the academy will be limited to the first 40 individuals who respond.

Visit Redondo Beach CERT Alumni Association to get to more information.

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