Community Emergeny Response Team
North Mendo County CERT Program

members from Willits, Laytonville, Ukiah and Redwood Valley



Funding support from:
North Coast Opportunities
RSVP & Hands-on Volunteer Network of Lake & Mendocino Counties
413 North State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482 (707) 462-1959

and from California Volunteers
Sponsoring agency -
Brooktrails Fire Department
24860 Birch Street,  Willits, CA 95490
(707) 459-4441

The CERT Basic Training course prepares participants to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster, when professional responders may not be immediately available to help. CERT members can provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources. CERT members also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. 

CERT training participants learn how to use leverage and cribbing to raise and support heavy objects in the Light Search and Rescue Unit.
Fire extinguisher training is part of the Fire Safety Unit in the CERT Basic Training.

When you take a Community Emergency Response Team Basic Training you will be given knowledge, skills and tools to help support you, your family, your friends and community in times of disaster.

            The CERT training is interactive and can be fun and empowering. The training can be taken to help you become better prepared as an individual, or to become part of an active team. The CERT program has a role for everyone.

            Learn disaster preparedness, survival skills, rescuer safety, teamwork, fire safety and suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue.

            Whether you decide to take the training solely to help you and your family to be more prepared in an emergency or to become an active CERT member, it can be of great benefit.

For registration or information contact via E-mail at

In a joint exercise with the Brooktrails Fire Department CERTs opened gates as they drove the emergency fire exits from Brooktrails.

CERT volunteers on-scene with fire crews in the background
CERT in Action!
Brooktrails, CA Wildfire Activation

On the morning of Saturday, June 21, 2008, a lightning strike ignited a fire in Brooktrails near Willits, CA, in the North County area. The Brooktrails Fire Department (BTFD) responded, and the team initially dispatched to the scene found a fire burning on a hillside less than a mile away from Brooktrails homes. The Brooktrails Fire Department began fighting the fire, and successfully called Cal-Fire for six air drops of fire retardant. Additional ground fire crews came from outside the local area to support the effort.

BTFD Chief Daryl Schoeppner activated the Brooktrails CERT to perform support duties, and six volunteers responded. They relieved BTFD personnel of traffic control duties until the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department arrived to take over. CERT members then went door-to-door along Ridge Road and advised residents to evacuate with family, pets, and important possessions. Most families were already preparing to evacuate, but CERT members identified one family requiring assistance, and a Sheriff's Deputy was called in to assist. Team members also provided minor first aid to fire fighters.

Thanks to quick, effective, and well-coordinated work by the first responders, including the CERT volunteers, the fire was contained by early afternoon. The BTFD and CERT members returned to the fire station for a post-operation debrief and lunch.
Two T-shirts and two shovels become an improvised stretcher as CERT over-night and field day participants give instructor Janet Rayner a lift.

What Local CERTs have Done

Local CERTs were activated in March 2012 to help Brooktrails Fire, Mendocino Deputy Sheriffs, Mendocino Search and Rescue in searching for a missing man. Our team members went door to door asking residents if they had seen the man. This freed up the more qualified professional responders do their job. The disoriented man was successfully located the in a wooded area.

January 2008 after severe weather caused downed trees and power lines. Brooktrails Fire Chief Daryl Schoeppner assigned the traffic control task to the CERT, thus releasing the Fire Dept. personnel to respond to other storm related incidents.

Area CERTs were activated in April of 2009, when they joined members of Cal Fire, Brooktrails Fire, Little Lake Fire, Mendocino Deputy Sheriffs, Mendocino Search and Rescue to help locate a missing boy.

Non-emergency services provided by local CERTs include providing help for the Forth of July parade in Willits, providing traffic control at Chief Jeff Smith’s memorial service, assisting during local H1N1 vaccination clinics and providing first aid stations at the Mendocino County Museum's Willits Kinetic Carnivale.

CERT over-night and field day was an opportunity to organize and record the CERT emergency container contents.
The Brooktrails CERT holds bi-monthly meetings at 7:00pm at the Brooktrails Fire House, 24860 Birch Street,Willits, CA 95490. Practices, special trainings and events are held on months when there is no regular meeting.
CERT over-night & field day 2013 CERT members practice wound care.