Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) training teaches the basic skills that are necessary to protect yourself and your community from a disaster when regular emergency services are not available. C.E.R.T. began in the City of Los Angeles in 1985. The Los Angeles Fire Department (L.A.F.D.) recognized that city emergency services would be unavailable during large scale emergencies, leaving their citizens to fend for themselves. In order to improve the ability of L.A. residents to survive under these circumstances, the L.A.F.D. began to provide basic training in disaster survival.
In 1994, the Emergency Management Institute (E.M.I.) in conjunction with the L.A.F.D., expanded the C.E.R.T. program to be applicable in all types of hazards.
Under the expert leadership of Director Michael Mosiello and Emergency Program Coordinator Kristian Palazola, the Yonkers Office of Emergency Management administer the C.E.R.T program.
The Office of Emergency Management has entered into a partnership with Empress Ambulance Services to provide expert instruction for the Medical Operations portions of the programs.
There have been four classes of graduates with the fifth class scheduled to begin on April 4th 2018.
(Registrations for the 5th Academy are being accepted now - starts Spring 2018)