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 26, 2016

Special Location
Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes

It will be a true CERT refresher on Disaster Medical 1 & 2.
  • How to Triage
  • How to treat life threatening conditions
  • The Five major functions of Disaster Medical operations
  • Patient Evaluation
  • Basic Treatment
The refresher will be taught by Captain Keith Harter, from the LA County Fire Dept. Whether you have taken the CERT class recently or a few years ago, this is an excellent time to refresh and practice these skills. If you have any supplies, please bring them. Remember, part of CERT is improvising for medical treatment, for example old sheets can be made into bandages, blankets can be used for carrying, rulers or cardboard can be used as splints, so be creative in what you bring, we will also have some supplies available.
March 24, 2016


including active shooter- see something say something but what do you see?
May 26, 2016
Light Search and Rescue
July 28, 2016 Fire safety - fire suppression and utilities
September 29, 2016
Animal Care in a disaster
October 2016
To Be Announced
CERT responders will practice. Volunteers are needed to play victims.


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, 2016
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 FCC tests will be March 5, 2016 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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