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CERT's first test was through the fire(s)


Last updated 1/24/2008 at Noon

In August 2005 when Fallbrook’s first North County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class graduated, no one could have predicted the dramatic impact they would have on the community, nor how soon.

Within two years, the tenacity of organizer James Beebe of North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) and business owner Mike Crain, now North County CERT planning chief and board president, pushed that fledgling group to include 260 trained volunteers who put their lives on hold to help neighbors in need during the Rice Canyon Fire.

“When we were asked to show up, our on-call sys...

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