In the event of a major disaster, emergency services will be unable to immediately respond to every emergency call. As a proactive measure, the Colton Fire Department has developed the Colton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Community Emergency Response Team is the City’s resource for disaster volunteers. These motivated citizens are trained in the areas of first aid, CPR, disaster preparedness, basic fire suppression, and light search and rescue. They are trained to care for their families and then assemble into groups to assist their neighbors, while awaiting the arrival of emergency services.
This resource may also be used to organize and maintain shelters for those citizens displaced from their homes during a disaster. This hands on program is offered free of charge to the citizens of Colton. Classes are held evenings and weekends, and are taught at a basic, easy to understand level. All ages are welcome. If you are interested in this program please contact Justin Weems, Battalion Chief, at (909) 370-5100 for more information.
The Colton Fire Department Explorer Program is a service oriented youth organization sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. This program, designed to familiarize young people with the fire service, seeks to provide direction towards future goals, furnish insight into the fire service, instill discipline, and to develop responsibility. Explorer Advisors mentor young people towards becoming productive adults in the future.
Colton Fire Explorers have a chance to participate in fire department activities including training, station life, and emergency response. Adult supervision is always provided and Explorers are never placed in dangerous situations. The Explorers meet and train monthly and have the opportunity to ride out with the Colton Fire Department. The Explorer Program is for young people between the ages of 14-21; those in school must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. An application can be accessed through the “Explorers” tab at the top menu of the website.