The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. As a result, the LAFD created the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees.
Reach Out Morongo Basin, The 29 Palms Fire Department along with the County Fire and Law Enforcement put on a two Weekend certification course for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The First Team Members to graduated did so this Saturday at Station 422 on Lear Road, in the City of Twentynine Palms.
Councilman-elect Danny Mintz will be the very first Certified Member that is also a local official. He was awarded along with the other members by Chief Thompson of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department with a diploma, and a backpack full of all the necessary emergency gear a team member might need to provide the folks in his or her neighborhood emergency assistance.
Congratulations to all those new members of the Morongo Basin CERT.