JCFPD CERT Announces- Disaster Preparedness Class Schedule

Are You Ready?Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) CERT is offering Disaster Preparedness classes on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning March 26, 2015, which will be held in the Community Room at the Julian Library from 6-8pm.  The following schedule outlines the topics to be presented each month.

  • Thursday, March 26 – Disaster Preparedness
  • Thursday, April 23 – Defensible Space
  • Thursday, May 28 – Basic Medical Training
  • Thursday, June 25 – Basic Medical Training continued
  • Thursday, July 23 – Fire Extinguisher Usage
  • Thursday, August 27 – Search and Rescue
  • Thursday, September 24 – Disaster Psychology
  • Thursday, October 22 – American Red Cross Partnership
  • November – TBD

The goal of JCFPD CERT is to educate and inform as many members of our community as possible, so that in the event of a major disaster, individuals, families, and neighbors can be self-reliant and prepared to help themselves and others, if needed. Everyone is welcome. Any questions, contact certjcfpd@gmail.com or sign up for the classes on our sign-up page.

JCFPD CERT is the ONLY official CERT program in Julian/Cuyamaca

Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District CERT program (JCFPD CERT) is the ONLY OFFICIALLY recognized CERT program in the Julian/Cuyamaca area.

We are acknowledged as the official CERT program by the San Diego County CERT Council and OES, a Citizen Corps Councils and Citizen Corps partner program.

No other CERT program in this area (Julian/Cuyamaca) is officially sanctioned to operate in this jurisdiction without permission. Other programs may run but they are not covered under Disaster Service Workers insurance, no matter what you may hear, (Disasterworkers guide to DSW) which covers you when you are deployed and working in as a CERT member. This works like Workman’s  Comp. Covering your medical needs and lost wages.

Official Program of Citizen Corps Official Program of San Diego CERT Council




Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District CERT Program Update.

To the CERT members in the Julian Cuyamaca area covered by the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District. 

The past few months have been a very confusing time for all Julian CERT members, including myself, Sheana Fry and Brian Kramer, former Julian Cuyamaca CERT & Julian Cuyamaca Resource Center (JCRC) Board members.

During the past several months, the Julian Cuyamaca CERT organization has undergone significant changes which have caused much concern and turmoil among its members. Hopefully, this email will help to clarify the confusion and answer any lingering questions about the current status of CERT in Julian.

We are writing this email as the newly appointed Julian CERT Program Managers for the Julian/Cuyamaca area under the sponsorship of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) lead by Chief Rick Marinelli and the only recognized CERT program in Julian.

New Program Managers? What happened to the Diane and Johnny Hake the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator for Julian CERT? 

They dissolved their sponsorship relationship with the JCFPD and now the former program manager is trying to continue to operate their CERT program without being recognized by any government agency or being sponsored by any emergency response agency.

1. The  the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator are no longer the program manager or volunteer coordinator for the CERT Program sponsored by the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District.

2. Per the FEMA CERT guidelines, the Julian Cuyamaca Resource Center CERT Program does not have a recognized partnership with a “local government, emergency management and response agencies”, and is therefore not acknowledged as an official CERT Program.  (http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/frequently-asked-questions)

3. CERT activations, exercises, and trainings conducted by the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator are not authorized and are not covered under the State of California Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program (DSWVP). Members participating in theHake’s CERT program are not eligible for the benefits and protections of the DSWVP.

Chief Marinelli and Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection Board would very much like to legitimately reestablish the Julian CERT program serving the Julian and Cuyamaca communities, once again focusing on disaster preparedness and community involvement.

So this is the call out to all CERT members in the Julian/Cuyamaca area to step up and once again get involved in your community Julian CERT program, to make it the best that it can be. We will be starting a program of refresher courses and hands-on workshops in the following months to not only get our members trained, but to give them all the skills and confidence they will need to help themselves and their community in time of need.

So please contact us through the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District  (www.jcfpd.com) website or respond to this email with comments or questions. The Julian CERT website (www.juliancert.com and www.jcfpd-cert.org) will soon be back online with information and event updates.


          Sheana Fry, Brian Kramer,         Co-Program Managers, Julian CERT