CERT Members

Welcome to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT    Training and Information Page

With proper training and education, volunteers expand the resources available to local communities. Below are training opportunities for CERT and your CERT neighborhoods.

Santa Clara County Fire Preparedness Classes

Santa Clara County Fire Department is offering classes on Wildfire Preparedness. 

Is Your Home Prepared for Wildfire?

Learn how to reduce wildfire risks in the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ). Breakthrough research has shown the majority of homes destroyed by wildfire are first ignited by embers and small flames. Take steps to harden you home in the HIZ to better protect it from the threat of wildfire.

 The HIZ includes three sub-zones:

·      Immediate Zone (0’ to 5’)

·      Intermediate Zone (5’ to 30’)

·      Extended Zone (30’ to 100’)

Join a class to learn more about wildfire preparedness:

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday.  August 11, 2021 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The schedule of available fire safety classes are listed below. For details and to register, visit: www.sccfd.eventbrite.com or call (408) 378-4010.

Wildfire Preparedness Classes

CERT Skill Refresher Training Opportunities

Santa Clara County Fire Department is offering online CERT Refresher Training for all CERT members.




Jun 236:00-7:30 PMClick Here to Register
July 226:00-7:30 PMClick Here to Register

SCC CERT Refresher Flyer

Emergency Volunteer Center Training

During a disaster or other emergency, The Town may activate it's Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) to provide a way for community members to help out and to manage volunteer efforts.

 When a disaster or emergency strikes, the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno Communities step up looking for ways to help. The Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is a program we use to coordinate spontaneous volunteers. Community members who sign up during a disaster are letting us know that they are ready and willing to help.

To run a successful Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) we need community members who are pre-trained to staff the center. 

EVC training is available via the 4 modules listed below:

EVC Module 1, Introduction to EVCs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTplqd9Ers8

EVC Module 2, Basic Operations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAScahqU7fk

 EVC Module 3, EVC Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjowCEcq3l8

 EVC Module 4, Working Together with Spontaneous Volunteers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmH0OQ1D6vQ

Incident Command System Training

We recommend that all CERT members learn about the Incident Command System (ICS) and NIMS. FEMA offers web-based training, so that you can complete the courses at your convenience:

IS-100.C: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.B: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.D: National Response Framework An Introduction

CERT Volunteer Hours

In the event of a disaster, our community needs to ensure that our CERT's are trained and ready to help with the immediate needs of first responders and our community. To aid in evaluating future training opportunities, classes, activities, and to build greater support of Town members, it will be very helpful to know where our current efforts are being placed and how many hours of community service our CERT's are devoting to their own emergency preparedness and to the resilience of our CERT program and our overall Town.

 The Volunteer Hours Submission form will give you an easy way to provide information on the volunteer hours that you and each CERT member have participated in towards the CERT program. 

This simple 10-question form should take less than 5 minutes to complete each month. Upon completion of a CERT-related activity, please use the submission form as needed to log your volunteer time.

Volunteer Hours Submission Form

CERT Members Access Page

Welcome to the CERT members page. We have over 200 trained volunteers, reporting to eight command posts within our community.

Active CERT Members may follow the link below to access training information, forms and NICP information for the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno communities.

CERT Members Page