The City of Ontario CERT training is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning about how they can be an effective responder in their family and their community. This training is provided by the Ontario Fire Department using the nationally recognized 20-hour curriculum approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Participants will learn to:
Identify and anticipate hazards in the community
Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace
Extinguish small fires
Conduct light search and rescue
Setup medical treatment areas
Provide disaster first aid
Assist emergency responders
Those who complete the 20-hour Basic Academy are recognized as program graduates and receive a Certificate of Completion. Upon completion, you are also eligible to become an active Ontario CERT Volunteer whereby you will receive a FREE CERT emergency starter kit and additional training and exercises during our regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
Disasters can happen at any time in Ontario. We experience earthquakes, fires and flooding. Are you and your family prepared?
The classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and will typically run as follows:
- Thursday: Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness
- Tuesday: Units 2 & 5 - CERT Organization & Disaster Psychology
- Thursday: Unit 3 - Disaster Med Ops I
- Tuesday: Unit 4 – Disaster Med Ops II and Terrorism
- Thursday: Unit 6 – Fire Safety & Utilities
- Tuesday: Unit 7 – Light Search and Rescue
- Thursday: Unit 9 – Final Exercise and Graduation
*Training topics covered each night are subject to change based on instructor availability.
If you are interested in CERT but can't make it to this cohort, please join our Interest List to be informed directly of when the next course will be.
Any questions, please contact OntarioCERT@ontarioca.gov
Ontario Emergency Communications Service (ECS) is a specialized detail within CERT tasked with providing auxiliary communications during special events and disasters. The primary mission and purpose of the Ontario ECS is to support emergency communications during periods of local, regional, or national emergencies. By providing the Ontario Fire Department and Police Department communication back-up with an amateur radio system, the integrity of public safety services can be ensured. To fulfill this mission, Emergency Communications Service members must be flexible. They must be able to adapt to a wide range of potential situations, which ECS may be called upon, for support.
Members of Ontario ECS must be...
- Licensed HAM radio operators: technician class or above
- Able to pass a background investigation
- Willing to work within a structured organization to support objectives consistent with the mission of Ontario ECS
- Able to maintain minimum standards of training and participation
Visit us on the Ontario ECS Net
Thursday Evenings at 6:30 PM
147.480 - Simplex
447.200 - Duplex 114.8
Below are the requirements to become an official CERT Volunteer with the City of Ontario.
Basic Volunteer Requirements
- Volunteer Application Form
- Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Form
- Live scan with Ontario PD
CERT Type 3 (Basic)
- Completion of Basic Volunteer Requirements
- Completion of CERT Basic Academy
CERT Type 2 (Deployable)
- All Type 3 Requirements
- Completion of IS-100
- Completion of IS-700
- Completion of American Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training
CERT Type 1 (Responder)
- All Type 2 Requirements
- Completion of IS-200
- Completion of IS-800
- Completion of Basic First Aid, CPR, AED Training
- Completion of Stop the Bleed Training
Email us at OntarioCERT@ontarioca.gov for an application or more information.