Join us on Saturday, January 13th, at 9 am, we'll set up the Command Post at Travel Town parking lot (5200 Zoo Drive).
Our friends who aren't ready to hike can join the radio communications team at the CP. Our hike will take us up Suicide Trail, to Mt. Hollywood Dr, down Toyon Canyon and through the rolling hills back to the parking lot. Our hikes last between two to three hours.
Our monthly hikes are more than an opportunity to exercise in the Santa Monica Mountains. We set up a Command Post in the parking lot, where they communicate with the hikers via Ham & FRS radios, register participants, maintain an ICS 214, and answer questions from the public about CERT and Wildland Search & Rescue. With more than three hours on the hill we cover a diverse list of disaster conversations. During breaks we conduct hip-pocket training on search techniques and disaster response. As we hike we work on search formations and the duties of each position. To increase volunteer accountability we maintain buddy teams, keep the pace to 2 mph, and wait for everyone during each break. There are ten parks in Los Angeles where we could expand Wildland Park hikes.
Our hikes are open to anyone interested in hiking with us regardless of if you are CERT trained, a member of ACS, or not.
Monitor ACS 1, while driving to the park and we'll use FRS 5 for the hike. To promote our program and present a positive image please wear your favorite CERT t-shirt.
The groundwork for CERT Wilderness Park Search & Rescue started in 2011 when Battalion Chief Castro and the LAFD Disaster Preparedness Unit began working on the concept of having CERT volunteers assist the LAFD during a prolong search for a lost hiker. The plan was based upon lessons learned from the 2010 search and tragic death of Sally Menke. My goal is to continue with the plan and develop a CERT Wilderness Park Search protocol. Two important lessons learned from our drills; many of our volunteers need to improve their search skills and they needed to improve their endurance to hike the hills of Griffith Park. Since 2012 we've conducted Hiking Assessment Exercises almost every month.
Battalion 2 CERT holds around sixteen drills each year. Go to our website, CERT-LA-Battalion2.Com to see how you help, participate or share in our activities.
Saturday, Jan. 135:00 pm - 9:00 pm