Office of Emergency Services (OES)

The mission of the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services is to prepare the people in El Dorado County to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies which threaten life, property, or the environment. 


Operational Area

In 1994, the Board of Supervisors designated the Sheriff's Office the responsibility for managing the County's Office of Emergency Services (OES).  Sheriff's Office employees assigned to the OES work in collaboration with Fire services, Emergency Medical Services, hospitals, schools, and public and private agencies to implement preparedness programs, develop emergency response plans, and conduct training drills.


Emergency Operations Center Activation Goals

Activation of the Emergency Operations Center facilitates the sharing of information and resources between the county, the Operational Area cities, and other agencies. This allows EOC staff too efficiently:

  • meet the immediate needs of people (rescue, medical care, food, shelter, clothing)

  • work towards temporary restoration of facilities essential to the health, safety, and welfare of individuals (sanitation, water, electricity, road, street, and highway repairs)

  • meet the rehabilitation needs of people (temporary housing, food stamps, employment).

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The CERT Academy will be offer to prospective CERT Volunteers through the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services (OES). The CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

The Academy consists of a total of 24 hours and will be conducted over a period of four (4) days which cover the following topics listed below:
  • Emergency Preparedness and the CERT Organization.
  • Fire Safety and Medical Operations.
  • Light Search and Rescue and Disaster Psychology.
  • Terrorism, a Course Review and a Disaster Simulation
For more information about the Community Response Team or to sign up for the academy, contact Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Crawford at 530-621-7660, email: crawfordt@edso.org

Volunteering and Training opportunities

  • CERT- CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) 
  • The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), is a training program that prepares people in neighborhoods, the workplace, and schools to take a more active role in emergency management planning. It helps to prepare yourself and others for disaster.
  • American Red Cross- http://redcrosscrc.org/
  • The Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross offers many local volunteer opportunities

Links to Other Resources:


Office of Emergency Services Alert Notification System provides a number of ways in which the county may contact the community in the event of an emergency.
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