The Burbank Fire Department will be conducting the Spring 2013 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training starting on Saturday May 4th. The training is taught in 8 modules over four Saturdays (non-consecutive), the dates are: Saturday May 4th (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM), Saturday May 18th (9:30 AM to 4:30 PM), Saturday June 1st (9:30 AM to 4:30 PM) and Saturday June 8th (9:30 AM to 4:30 PM). Attendance at all 8 modules (all 4 days) is required to complete the class; however, if you miss any modules due to life's hectic schedule, you can make up any missed modules in future Burbank CERT classes.
There is a $50 partially refundable fee for the class. This fee covers the expense of the CERT backpack (with starter equipment), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and a CERT manual; all of which are yours to keep at the end of the class. Upon successful completion of the Burbank CERT class, the graduate will receive a $25 partial refund of their fee. If the graduate goes on to become a registered Disaster Services Worker Volunteer (DSWV) by joining the Burbank Fire Corps Program (www.burbankfirecorps.org), they will receive an additional $25 partial refund. For additional information regarding the partial refund or missing class dates, please scroll down to our question and answer area.
To register electronically and paying by credit card, click the green “order now” button above. If you are paying by cash or check at that door, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and reserve a spot. Uncertain if you can attend, walk-ins are welcome to register the first day of class at 9:00 AM on a first come - first served basis while space is available (please note only cash or check payments can be processed for walk-in and pay at the door options).
Q: $25 refund for successful completion? Cool! But what is a “successful” completion?
A: To be eligible for the $25 partial refund, the student must successfully attend and complete all modules of that particular contiguous CERT class. Students that miss any module can make up that module in a future class and receive their certificate of completion, but will not be eligible for the partial refund. Applications for partial refund must be submitted in person on the final day of class.
Q: I can already tell I’m going to be a big volunteer! How do I get the second $25 refund?
A: Graduates that are eligible to become registered Disaster Services Worker Volunteers and eligible to join the Burbank Fire Corps Volunteer Program (BFCP) must do so within 30 days of completion of the CERT class, and must attend at least one BFCP meeting within 6 months of completion of the CERT class. Those who do, are eligible for an additional $25 partial refund. Applications for partial refund must be submitted in person at a BFCP meeting within 6 months of CERT class graduation.
Q: I’m suffering an old knee injury, but CERT seems really cool. Is there any way I can make it through the class?
A: Yes. The idea of CERT training is to build preparedness and response capacity in you. While there is definitely a physical aspect to the class, it scales with your own abilities – and it’s one of the reasons we give so much hands-on time in class.
Q: If I couldn’t do something because of that knee injury, like victim extrication, am I disqualified from that $25 partial refund for completion?
A: No. There are roles for everybody in CERT, including directing those that are untrained. As long as the student has perfect attendance, they qualify for the partial refund.
Q: What if I am registered but miss the first day of class?
A: You can show up to any of the remaining class dates, you will just need to make up the missed classes during a future Burbank CERT class in order to receive a certificate of completion (note, you will not be eligible for the partial refund).
Q: What if I am unable to attend, am I eligible for a class refund?
A: If you pre-registered and paid by credit card, you must cancel and request a refund via eventbrite no later than 9:00PM (Pacific) on the last day of ticket sales/registration. We cannot issue refunds past that time. If you paid by credit card and miss the entire series of class dates, and missed the cutoff to cancel and request a refund, your $50 fee will be credited to a future Burbank CERT class which starts within 12 months of the scheduled start date of your class.
When & Where
Burbank Fire Dept & Burbank Fire Corps Program
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.