595 San Ysidro Rd. Montecito, CA 93108

Training Opportunities at MERRAG

To be announced


MERRAG trains it volunteers and community members according to the national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program's 6-module syllabus, augmented with additional modules customized for the Montecito neighborhood.

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  • Module 1 – Disaster Preparedness

  • Module 2 – Disaster Fire Suppression

  • Module 3 – Disaster Medical Operations part 1

  • Module 4 – Disaster Medical Operations part 2

  • Module 5 – Light Search & Rescue Operations

  • Module 6 – Disaster Psychology and Team Organization

  • Special Module – Terrorism and CERT

  • Special Module – Wildland Fire in the Urban Interface

  • Special Module – Radio Use/Call-Out Procedures

  • Special Module – Fire Safety & Utility Controls

  • Special Module – Electrical Safety/PSPS

  • Special Module – Ready-Set-Go

  • Special Module – Winter Weather Preparedness

  • Special Module – Great California Shakeout exercise

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  • Brief history of MERRAG organization

  • Importance and use of local communications (radios, phone tree)

  • Hands-on exercises (except during Covid restrictions)

  • Participation in community emergencies


Dates will vary.

  • Personal preparation for disasters

  • First Aid & CPR

  • Fire Suppression Techniques

  • Supplemental experience with MERRAG radio and pagers

  • Introduction to outside services (Red Cross, OES, and CERT)


Dates vary

  • MERRAG Activation Procedures

  • Radio usage

  • Nationally used emergency management concepts, including coordination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications

  • To prepare MERRAG members to assist Fire Department and local officials in emergencies (operations, planning, logistics, administration)

  • ICS - Incident Command System

  • NIMS - National Emergency Management System


Qualified volunteers will learn how to operate the Communication Vehicle including:

  • Location of keys

  • Generator usage

  • Supply Locations

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