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Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Where can I go to get information about the Temecula Citizen Corps?  
  2. Who sponsors the Temecula Citizen Corps? 
  3. Who joins the Temecula Citizen Corps?
  4. How can I join the Temecula Citizen Corps?
  5. Is there an age limit on who can join the Temecula Citizen Corps?
  6. What does it cost me?
  7. What are the requirements to become a Disaster Service Worker (DSW)?
  8. What are the requirements to be in a leadership position?
  9. What’s the difference between CERT and TCC?
  10. What are the requirements for a ham radio operator to become an EmComm radio operator for the city?
  11. I’m a ham radio operation and I was wondering how I can support communications at the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?
  12. What types of radios does TCC utilize?
  13. Can I help instruct CERT classes?
  14. What type of equipment will I be expected to operate?
  15. In an actual emergency, who controls the actions of Temecula Citizen Corps members?
  16. How is the Temecula Citizen Corps organized?
  17. After my initial CERT training, what other training opportunities are available to me?
  18. How can I help with the neighborhood watch program? 

FAQ Answers 

1. Where can I go to get information about the Temecula Citizen Corps? 

The best place to start is right here, online.   You can explore all of our webpages at our home page.  There you will find a wealth of information about TCC and all that we do.  You can also sign up for Temecula Ready and receive out newsletter and meeting announcements if you want to keep aware of what is happening in TCC. 

2. Who sponsors the Temecula Citizen Corps? 

TCC is under the auspices of the Temecula Fire Department and is supported by the City of Temecula. 

3. Who joins the Temecula Citizen Corps? 

Members come from different backgrounds and professions.  Each is dedicated to providing emergency services in the event of a disaster. The only stipulation is that one needs to be 18 years of age or older, there is no upper limit. Several of our active members are in their 70s.  There’s a job for everyone in TCC. 

4. How can I join the Temecula Citizen Corps? 

You can begin by going to TCC’s Documents and Handouts webpage, https://temeculaca.gov/1070/Documents-Handouts, and under TCC Administrative Forms click on TCC Member Application Package.  Print off the forms and fill them out with your pertinent information.  You can then email them back to tcc.administration@temeculaca.gov or better yet, bring them to our next Business or Training Meeting to drop them off and talk to the members in attendance.  You will then: 

  • Complete CERT training
  • Sign an “At Will” acknowledgement 
  • Sign and affirm in person the “Oath of Allegiance”  

While at the meeting you can learn what additional training you will need to become a Disaster Service Worker (DSW). If you wish, you can also attend one of these meetings and receive the application package there and fill it out. 

5. Is there an age limit on who can join the Temecula Citizen Corps? 

One needs to be 18 years of age or older; there is no upper limit. Several of our active members are in their 70s. 

6. What does it cost me? 

There is no cost to join TCC.  Once you become an active member of TCC you will be issued a CERT vest and a uniform. 

7. What are the requirements to become a Disaster Service Worker (DSW)?

To be designated as a DSW by the city of Temecula members of TCC must complete the following requirements: 

  • CERT training
  • IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) 
  • IS-700 An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Must be current in CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Pass a Live Scan background check 

Once all of the above requirements are met, you will be issued a TCC DSW Identification Card 

8. What are the requirements to be in a leadership position? 

Positions on the Leadership Committee are open only to Disaster Service Workers (DSW).  Members who wish to run for election to a position on the Leadership Committee must submit a signed TCC Nomination Form to the Leadership Committee at the August Business Meeting.  If unable to attend the Business Meeting, submit the Nomination Form at the August Training Meeting.  Nominations will also be accepted at the September Business Meeting.  Those who want to be a candidate for TCC Manager, Deputy TCC Manager or Logistics Chief must first be interviewed by the TCC Program Manager prior to the September Business Meeting.   

9. What’s the difference between CERT and TCC? 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national training program developed by FEMA.  CERT training teaches individuals basic response skills to respond and to work as teams in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools.   The skills taught include basic disaster response skills to include fire suppression, medical operations and urban search and rescue. The program provides an opportunity for citizens to take an active role in preparing for local emergencies.   In the event of a major disaster, after taking care of their family and neighbors, CERT trained volunteers would then support their neighbors and community by forming neighborhood teams or by supporting emergency services. 

The Temecula Citizen Corps (TCC) Program supports the CERT program and provides the CERT course to local residents.  It also provides other public education, training and volunteer opportunities for residents to be safer and better prepared and able to respond to threats of crime, terrorism and disasters of all kinds. The Temecula Citizen Corps is broken down into three specific programs: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Neighborhood Watch, and Emergency Communications. TCC is an organization comprised of volunteer citizens who take to heart the mission of the national citizen corps and are trained to respond when activated by the city.  

10. What are the requirements for a ham radio operator to become an EmComm radio operator for the city?  

You must: 

  • Be a DSW 
  • Be a licensed amateur radio operator
  • Complete the ARRL EC-001 Emergency Communications training 

There are many different EmComm roles, each has specific learning goals that are enumerated in the TCC ACS/RACES Emergency Radio Operator Individual Task Book 

11. I’m a ham radio operation and I was wondering how I can support communications at the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC)? 

To work in the EOC Radio Room during an emergency or disaster activation requires the most skills and training that TCC requires of a radio operator.  You must::

  • Be a DSW 
  • Be a licensed amateur radio operator
  • Complete the ARRL EC-001 Emergency Communications training
  • Complete specific learning goals that are enumerated in the TCC ACS/RACES Emergency Radio Operator Individual Task Book 

12. What types of radios does TCC utilize? 

TCC uses a variety of radios, depending on the task and assignment.  These include amateur radios that require you to be a FCC licensed operator; i.e., ham radios.  Family Radio Service (FRS) amateur radios for intra-CERT team communications (no license required), city 800 MHz radios (commercially licensed by the city, (individual licensing not required), and commercial grade fire radios for communication with CalFire. 

13. Can I help instruct CERT classes? 

 Yes you can. TCC has the only CERT training program in Riverside county where TCC members teach the classes.   Before instructing a class, you can provide support in setting up the equipment for the class, demonstrate search procedures to the class, be a victim for first aid classes, show the procedures in fighting a fire with a buddy, assist in setting up for lifts and carries demonstrations and practical application. To actually instruct a class, you will need to decide what class you would like to instruct, then monitor a couple of the classes to see what and how the material is presented.  You will then do a dry run with the training chief and current instructor. We are always looking for new instructors.  

14. What type of equipment will I be expected to operate? 

 You are not required to operate any particular equipment; but, you will receive training in the operation of 7000-watt generators, 2000-watt Honda generators, air compressors, light stands, and how to fill Type-A fire extinguishers, erect E-Z-Ups, and inspect our pickup trucks for deployment.  With additional training you can learn to hitch-up a trailer to a pickup truck to a deployment trailer and learn how to drive a truck and trailer combination. 

15. In an actual emergency, who controls the actions of Temecula Citizen Corps members? 

The City of Temecula’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be directing all resources available to the City. 

16. How is the Temecula Citizen Corps organized? 

TCC is an all-volunteer organization of the City of Temecula. It is organized under the Temecula Fire Department. Within the TCC organization, members volunteer to serve in several leadership positions and are elected by the membership.

17. After my initial CERT training, what other training opportunities are available to me? 

CERT Training is one of the necessary steps to becoming a Disaster Service Worker TCC trains every month (except November and December) on various subjects to keep our skills sharp. 1 st Aid and CPR/AED training is provided at no cost for TCC members at Level 2 and above. 

18. How can I help with the neighborhood watch program? 

As a TCC member, you could help our Neighborhood Watch (NW) Supervisor as needed. The NW Supervisor receives requests to come out to housing communities and explain how the NW program works. The NW Supervisor and the Sheriff’s contact work together in the NW presentation to neighborhoods. If you are interested in having a presentation in your community, please see our web page at https://temeculaca.gov/1067/Neighborhood-Watch or email to tcc.administration@temeculaca.gov