Spring 2021 CERT academy begins April 12

Del Mar CERT is trained to activate an emergency operations center in the Civic Center Town Hall.
Del Mar CERT is trained to activate an emergency operations center in the Civic Center Town Hall.
(Courtesy City of Del Mar


The spring 2021 academy for Community Emergency Response teams in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Elfin Forest and Encinitas begins Monday, April 12. The training schedule includes four online meetings and one session each at fire stations in Encinitas and 4S Ranch.

CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a wildfire, earthquake or other catastrophic disaster. During a crisis, with emergency responders spread thin, volunteers with CERT training can save lives and protect property.

The training covers skills that are important to know during a disaster, when emergency services might not be available, such as the basics of search and rescue, first aid and the workings of incident command systems.

During a wildfire event, CERT volunteers might be assigned to extinguish small fires, turn off natural gas service to damaged homes, perform light search and rescue, and render basic first aid. Trained volunteers also can work in emergency shelters and assist with crowd control and evacuations.

Del Mar’s CERT covers all of Del Mar and the City of San Diego between Carmel Valley Road and Via de la Valle, a portion of the 92014 ZIP code north of Via de la Valle and east of Interstate 5.

The Del Mar CERT is trained to activate the City’s emergency operations center in the Town Hall of the Del Mar Civic Center, where emergency managers and key members of the City’s staff would gather. The facility is equipped with solar power as well as an emergency generator.

Academies are held in the spring and fall each year. To sign up, contact Charles “Cap” Pinney by email at captlaw@aol.com or via phone at 858-354-5319. For more information, go to www.delmar.ca.us/527/Community-Emergency-Response-Team-CERT —City of Del Mar news release

For other cities/communities: To register or for additional information, contact alewin@encinitasca.gov