Welcome To PVPCERT


Community Emergency Response Training

Red Cross Volunteer Training: 2/16/2018 - 2/18

Four classes in three days February 16, 2018 6:00 PM until 9:PM, Disaster Cycles. Feb 17, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Sheltering and Basic Food Safety. Feb 18, 9:00 AM until 1:30 AM, Psych First Aid

See this flyer for more information.

FCC Amateur Radio License

  • November 3 and November 10 2018 (details below)
  • FCC "Technician" course (entry level) 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • FCC "General" course (2nd level) General 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Palos Verdes Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team

The PVPCERT is a government/community resource that provides basic training in disaster preparedness necessary to help you help your family, your neighborhood, and your community in a disaster. We are a registered California Corporation and have IRS Tax Exempt status as a nonprofit entity under IRS 501 (c) (3).
  • PVPCERT is a Community Emergency Response Team that is unique to the Peninsula area.
  • Benefits of such a team can provide for an effective first response.
  • Members are provided continuous training.
  • PVPCERT team members meet on a bi-monthly basis to review various scenarios dealing with natural disasters
  • Your tax deductable donation will help us stay prepared and help others prepare.



Meetings are held at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7:00PM on the 4th Thursday of odd numbered months.
Meeting Schedule Theme
January 25, 2018

Santa Barbara County Fire REsponse

Captain Andrew Olvera, Central Operations/ Fire Station 53-B , County of Los Angeles Fire Department, just come back from deployment in the Santa Barbara mud slides area, will share information on his experience, along with lessons learned and photographs. This should be of interest in our mostly hill side community of how to prepare and mitigate such events. Also how can CERT members help?

March 22, 2016

To Be Announced

May 24, 2018

To Be Announced


The approved CERT Course is a 20 hour course and is provided at no charge to our communities through grants from the Department of Homeland Security, The State of California and LA County. In order to complete CERT Certification students must complete the entire 20 hour course. You may make up missed classes during other CERT Courses anywhere in LA County based on availability. Visit the LA County Fire Department web site at fire.lacounty.gov for more details. We schedule basic CERT training sessions.
PVP CERT Training Schedule, 2018
November 3, 2018
November 10, 2018
Amateur Radio Class Flyer

FCC "Technician" course (entry level)
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM both Saturdays (bring your lunch)

FCC "General" course (2nd level)
General 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM both Saturdays
The FCC tests will be November 17, 2018 10:00 AM until noon.

PVPCERT training and participation provides essential training and information to enable you to prepare your homes and families to cope during the critical period immediately following a disaster. That is when professional emergency services will be taxed beyond capability. PVPCERT will train you to become part of the solution and to do the most good for the highest number of people as part of a trained, well managed team. The goal of PVPCERT is to:

  • Prepare you, your family and your home to survive a disaster.
  • Prepare you to assist families and neighbors in time of a disaster.
  • Prepare teams of Peninsula residents as first responders to support regular emergency personnel in a disaster.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff provide training at no cost to the student. Basic training consists of seven comprehensive training sessions which include demonstrations and exercises in such areas as:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology, Organization and Terriorism
  • Disaster Simulation and Exercise


The Peninsula Emergency Response Team was developed in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake, demonstrating the further importance of civilian volunteers. As a result, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, in cooperation with the cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, developed PVPCERT with the intent of giving volunteers a higher level of basic skills in firefighting, search and rescue, disaster medicine, and preparedness.