Vista CERT

200 Civic Center Drive
Vista, CA 92084

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Vista CERT is a...

Non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging disaster preparation by training and equipping civilian teams to act as an adjunct to the city's emergency services in the event of a major disaster.


Interested in becoming a part of Vista CERT?

All classes are taught by Vista Fire Department Personnel. If you are interested in signing up for training, or have questions...



The Basice CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. The individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster providing immediate assistance to victims.


What is Vista CERT?

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Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

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CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.