Keith Harrison, assistant administrator for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, will be the guest speaker at the Los Angeles City Fire Department’s Westside Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at Fire Station 5 in Westchester.

Harrison plans to talk about the roles and responsibilities of his agency and the county’s Emergency Operation Center in disasters.

The county assistant administrator has over 30 years of experience in emergency management, including managing response and recovery for 30 major disasters/emergencies. He has been at his current position since June 2006, where he oversees emergency planning and preparedness programs.

Harrison served with the governor’s Office of Emergency Services for over 24 years as an emergency services coordinator, senior emergency operations planner, deputy regional administrator and acting regional administrator for the Southern Region Office.

He has also served as the immediate past president of the California Emergency Services Association and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.

CERT is one of several volunteer organizations that assist LAFD. Team members are trained in emergency first-aid and other disaster response skills including fighting small fires, light search and rescue and triage.

CERT classes are free and open to all. The public is invited to attend, but due to limited seating, a RSVP is requested at

Fire Station 5 is at 8900 S. Emerson Ave. in Westchester.