The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mammoth Fire District and Mono County Public Health have entered into an agreement to oversee the formation of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), which is a volunteer based organization whose members receive training in areas of emergency response and preparedness in times of a disaster. This concept was formed in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department and has grown throughout the country as an indispensable organization and was recently reorganized under the Federal Government Department of Homeland Security Citizen Corps Branch. CERT is made up of members of the community who volunteer their time to train and respond in the event of an emergency or disaster. Some of the training that the volunteers receive is in the area of Emergency Operations Center Functions, Traffic Control and Crime Prevention Techniques, Light Search and Rescue, Medical Triage, Fire Suppression Techniques and Individual/Family Disaster Preparedness. All volunteers will be trained in first aid/CPR. The basic CERT training is 24 hours and is free.

In the event of an emergency or catastrophic incident, CERT volunteers may be activated to assist emergency first responders who may not be immediately available; CERT volunteers are utilized as a supplemental resource to provide basic care, stabilization and information, until emergency responders can arrive on scene.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is very fortunate to have a wide range of dedicated and talented people that could serve the community in the event of an emergency or disaster. If you are interested in joining or know of someone who may be they can contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 965-3700  for information on how you and your family can be prepared during times of emergencies.