CERT Encinitas - Community Emergency Response Team

CERT Encinitas - Community Emergency Response Team


Emergency Services

About Us

The CERT program was started by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1986. As of 1993, FEMA took control of the program and there are now more than 2,000 CERT chapters nationwide and 30 in San Diego County, including the City of Encinitas.

The Encinitas CERT program was started by the Encinitas Fire Department in 2004. The program teaches citizens basic emergency skills and trains them to respond effectively to disasters as part of a team. The program includes specialized training for basic fire suppression, medical care and search and rescue. Training classes are held twice a year (typically in the Spring and Fall) and are taught by firefighters and certified CERT volunteers.

Twice a year, Encinitas CERT and the Encinitas Fire Department sponsor a 2-hour presentation called, Are You Ready? The presentation covers the various natural and possible man-made threats to our city, how our citizens can prepare for them as well as mitigate various dangerous scenarios in and around the home.

For information about CERT training or the next Are You Ready presentation, please visit our website:

We also maintain a presence at all of the street fairs every year, so if you have any questions about CERT or preparing for a disaster, come talk to us. We’re happy to help out!

Rep/Contact Info

Doug Cochrane
Vice President
Doug Jones