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Community Emergency Response Team

The threat of a large-scale disaster is present every day and it is each persons responsibility to prepare themselves and their immediate family to survive on their own for a minimum of seven days following such an event. Examples of disaster threats to the City of Murrieta include earthquake, hazardous materials and biological incidents, flooding, terrorism, and wildfire.

In an effort to protect lives and property and minimize the effect of disasters, the Murrieta Fire & Rescue has a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan and provides emergency planning and training in the community. The City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located in the Murrieta Police Department. A Mobile Command Post is available for rapid deployment to field incidents by both the Fire and Police Departments.

Volunteer groups such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) can be instrumental in helping professional emergency personnel in the initial days and weeks after a major disaster. CERT training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. You and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the areas affected, lost communications, and impassable roads. CERT training consists of basic understanding of disaster preparation, fire suppression, first aid, light search and rescue, and disaster teamwork. CERT training is a 20-hour course where participants will receive safety gear, a backpack with rescue equipment, and an identification card to be used in the event of a large-scale city emergency.  

2019 CERT training dates:

January 25 - 27 (Total of 20 hours)
  • Friday, January 25, from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 26, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 27,  from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 5 - 7 (Total of 20 hours)

  • Friday, April 5, from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 7,  from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Future CERT dates coming!!  

This course is popular and class size is limited. It is important that you register as early as possible by emailing with your Name, Address, Email & Contact Number. Minors (ages 13-17 years) can attend only if accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.

Training will take place at Murrieta Fire & Rescue at 41825 Juniper Street, in the training room, which is in the building behind the administrative office to the rear of the property. Please park in the side parking lot and walk through the wrought iron gate toward the back. (The administrative office doors will be locked during training, since the office is closed after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.)

Be Prepared

Citizens can do their part in disaster situations by making sure they are prepared with the basic supplies and skills necessary to survive, until help arrives. For information on how you can better prepare yourself to deal with a major disaster, view the Quick Checklist and the more comprehensive list of Home Emergency Supplies

For additional information, contact Murrieta Fire & Rescue at (951) 304-3473.

April 2018 CERT class photos