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It’s Graduation Day for Morongo Basin CERT

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Saturday afternoon was graduation day for the first FEMA CERT program in the Morongo Basin.

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.

Dan Mintz receives his Diploma from Chief Thompson.

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.

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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.


  1. Tim Humphreville Tim Humphreville says:

    great story dan

  2. Tim Humphreville Tim Humphreville says:

    I tried to post this on Margo Post “I’m Baaaaaak”. I truly hope its not true what Margo is telling about her having exclusive editing rights to this blog.

    It is a relief to see that you were not elected to the HDWD. One that can not compute simple election math should not be in a position that makes any decisions above a third grade level. Your calling in this community is to remain down at the local flea market selling trinkets, not on a board presiding over a $10,000,000 (that’s $10 million) budget.

    As a former colleague on the planning commission, until you were asked to resign based on your extreme lack of ability to make an informed decision, I would like to help you understand these basic mathematically principles even further.

    Let’s start with the basics:

    1 + 1 = 2

    HDWD 24,000 (that’s 24 thousand) population and only 4 candidates. 51 Square miles.

    Town of Yucca Valley 20,000 (that’s 20 Thousand) population and 5 candidates. 39 Square miles.

    Maybe you are implying that the town should annex the mesa so your numbers match, but I highly doubt your limited thought process took you there.

    Now that I have helped you though some mathematical basics, you implying that you could have been elected to Town Council is asinine.

    God Bless
    Sleep well tonight… I know I will.


  3. Stanley Stanley says:


  4. According to the Bible, all work is noble and the last time I checked, God did not appoint you to judge other people by their line of work, did he? Is that a plank in your eye? God Bless you too!

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