Office of Emergency Services (OES)

CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

The Office of Emergency Services (OES) provides emergency management services citywide, in cooperation with County agencies and special districts. During an active incident such as a fire or flood requiring emergency sheltering, OES helps to facilitate the resources necessary for first responders to protect the community.

OES Volunteers

  • Under the Office of Emergency Services (OES), volunteers are trained to keep Beaumont and the Pass area safe during emergencies
  • Earthquake drills are always an invaluable part of training for volunteers in Beaumont, which understands the importance of preparing for potential emergencies.
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers practice search and rescue and triage operations during earthquake drills. They learn about:
    • Providing first aid
    • Responding to downed power lines
    • Using fire extinguishers
    • How police officers handle emergency evacuations

A group of volunteers in matching CERT jackets

Keeping the Community Safe

Beaumont’s highly-rated CERT program has trained more then 500 volunteers throughout the Pass. About 75 percent of the civilian volunteers are from Beaumont, though some volunteers come from as far away as Redlands and Hemet.

CERT volunteers can respond at a moment’s notice for any type of emergency, ranging from natural disasters to helping provide shelter for displaced residents and others. The local CERT training is part of a national program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

More Information

For more information on the CERT program or to find out about trainings near you, visit the RivoCert website.