The City of Los Angeles Fire Department developed the first CERT program as a pilot concept in 1985. Los Angeles soon realized the importance of community preparation with the Whittier Narrows quake of 1987. FEMA formally adopted CERT in 1993, and began its mission of training thousands of people across the country. There are 15,500 programs in existence today. You can read more about this at the CERT LA
The Fremont Fire Department embraced the program introduced by the San Francisco Fire Department’s NERT program in 1994. The program was lead by Division Chief Bill Reykalin, Captain David Stefani, Engineer Steven Blagden, and Professor George Rogers. The program has won awards of excellence and enjoyes a graduate population of over 3,000 citizens.