Welcome To PVPCERT


Palos Verdes Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team

The PVPCERT is a government/community resource that provides basic training in disaster preparedness necessary to help you help your family, your neighborhood, and your community in a disaster. We are a registered California Corporation and have IRS Tax Exempt status as a nonprofit entity under IRS 501 (c) (3).
  • PVPCERT is a Community Emergency Response Team that is unique to the Peninsula area.
  • Benefits of such a team can provide for an effective first response.
  • Members are provided continuous training.
  • PVPCERT team members meet on a bi-monthly basis to review various scenarios dealing with natural disasters
  • Your tax deductable donation will help us stay prepared and help others prepare.



Meetings are held at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7:00PM on the 4th Thursday of odd numbered months.
Meeting Schedule Theme
January 22, 2015

Interpretive Center
Sunset Room
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes

March 26, 2015 Dave Buckland of Redondo Beach CERT, Beach Cities Joint CERT Organization, and CERT logistics expert, will talk about where Logistics is on the ICS Organization Chart, and the varied responsibilities of the Logistics Unit. Some of those responsibilities may surprise you. We’ll also spend time discussing how to keep track of equipment and supplies on a neighborhood basis.
May 27, 2015
Jeff Robinson, Disaster Management Area Coordinator, Executive Director of Area G. Previously he was the Emergency Management Coordinate for El Segundo Fire Deptment. He has many years of emergency management experience including with volunteer groups.

Jeff will be speaking on the role of social media in disaster planning and disaster operations for volunteers.

July 23, 2015
October 1, 2015
September 24, 2015
LA County Fire Dept USAID response to the earthquake in Nepal.

Captain Andy Olvera, part of the USAID Response Team along with his search and rescue dog, will speak about their response in Nepal. You may have seen him interviewed on the National and local news after the rescue of a 15 year old boy. He has responded to many national and international incidents and is an excellent trainer. He is also a Captain at one of our local fire stations. There will be a unique opportunity to hear of his first hand account and lessons learned. Attendance is highly recommended.

CBS This Morning - http://cbsn.ws/1GM3Ggn

October 17, 2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
California Great ShakeOut
Manhattah Beach Studio Lot

200 CERT responders will practice. Volunteers are needed to play victims. See this flyer from BCJCO for registration information.


The approved CERT Course is a 20 hour course and is provided at no charge to our communities through grants from the Department of Homeland Security, The State of California and LA County. In order to complete CERT Certification students must complete the entire 20 hour course. You may make up missed classes during other CERT Courses anywhere in LA County based on availability. Visit the LA County Fire Department web site at fire.lacounty.gov for more details. We schedule basic CERT training sessions.
PVP CERT Training Schedule, 2015
Saturday December 5, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
First Aid/CPR (click here for the flyer)

Palos Verdes PENINSULA High School
27118 Silver Spur Road
Rolling Hills Estates CA 90274

The cost is $40 per person which includes First Aid, Infant/child/adult CPR but not AED training. The class size will be limited. The training will be done by Lifeline Rescue and certification will be for 2 years.

To secure registration, please email cheryldawson@cox.net and mail a check made payable to:
Lifeline Rescue
3463 Tanglewood Lane
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

February 20, 2016
February 27, 2016
Amateur Radio Class Flyer

FCC "Technician" course (entry level)
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM both Saturdays (bring your lunch)

FCC "General" course (2nd level)
General 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM both Saturdays
The FXX tests will be March 5, 2015 10:00 AM until noon.

PVPCERT training and participation provides essential training and information to enable you to prepare your homes and families to cope during the critical period immediately following a disaster. That is when professional emergency services will be taxed beyond capability. PVPCERT will train you to become part of the solution and to do the most good for the highest number of people as part of a trained, well managed team. The goal of PVPCERT is to:

  • Prepare you, your family and your home to survive a disaster.
  • Prepare you to assist families and neighbors in time of a disaster.
  • Prepare teams of Peninsula residents as first responders to support regular emergency personnel in a disaster.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff provide training at no cost to the student. Basic training consists of seven comprehensive training sessions which include demonstrations and exercises in such areas as:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology, Organization and Terriorism
  • Disaster Simulation and Exercise


The Peninsula Emergency Response Team was developed in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake, demonstrating the further importance of civilian volunteers. As a result, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, in cooperation with the cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, developed PVPCERT with the intent of giving volunteers a higher level of basic skills in firefighting, search and rescue, disaster medicine, and preparedness.

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