Emergency Response Training
Our management has been certified in the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program and has current 40-hour certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Our staff can assist your organization in identifying and planning for emergencies, in managing resources and employees during a disaster or emergency situation, and can assist your employees in obtaining the proper emergency response training.
What is CERT?
During a disaster, local responders are often overwhelmed and cannot provide emergency services to all who need it. The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is to provide disaster preparedness to community and business groups. It is an all-risk, all-hazard training program originally started by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. Since then the program has grown in scope to include input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and expanded to make the program available nationwide. Today the CERT program is available in all 50 US states as well as three territories and 6 foreign countries.
CERT training is designed to teach citizen volunteers to respond in emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. A goal of the CERT program is to help citizens provide emergency services effectively and efficiently on their own without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. During CERT training, citizens are taught how to manage and put out small fires, treat the three major types of medical injuries encountered in such situations, search for and rescue victims safely, organize themselves and other volunteers to work effectively, and and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
What is HAZWOPER?
HAZWOPER is a standard (1910.120) administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and covers five operational areas:
1. Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (including, but not limited to, the EPA’s National Priorities List of sites (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL, and initial investigations of government identified sites which are conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained.)
2. Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq);
3. Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
4. Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S EPA to implement RCRA regulations; and
5. Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
How We Can Help?
We can assist your organization in obtaining training for your own employees or members, help with management of staff and resources during a disaster or emergency, and help you develop emergency response plans for your organization and surrounding community. We can also help you identify the first responders you are most likely to work with in a disaster scenario, as well identify other community responders in advance to help coordinate your efforts should you ever need to work together.