Stacy Gerlich has been Captain/Paramedic of the Los Angeles Fire Department since 1986 and the department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Unit Commander since 2006. Her outstanding service earned her the California Governor and First Lady Service Award in 2010.
Captain Gerlich has also served as LAFD Battalion Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Captain. In this role, she administered emergency medical services and provided training of 14 paramedics, managed medical group operations of emergency and mass-casualty incidents, as well as managing the battalion narcotics inventory and all EMS documentation.
As CERT Unit Commander she currently supervises nine LAFD personnel and approximately 30 volunteer coordinators, oversees the annual training of 4,000 lay responders, the department’s 220-person LAFD volunteer CERT call-out team, and the administration of approximately 16 CERT community meetings and three division training sessions per quarter.
Gerlich developed and implement policies and operating procedures for the Los Angeles CERT program for the largest city-wide volunteer program in the nation. She also managed volunteer deployments for the Chatsworth Train Collision (2008), the Sayre Fire (2008), and the Station Fire (2009) emergencies.
Beyond her service in California, Captain Gerlich responded to World Trade Center Attack 2001 as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and became the Chair of Citizen Corp. 2011.
She is FEMA Certified as a CERT Program Manager Trainer, and as a CERT Train the Trainer Instructor. She has developed statewide policy and programs for volunteer disaster service workers, and has continued to supervise the integration and standardized management of volunteers from Operational Area organizations since 1986. As part of the department’s outreach, Captain Gerlich has presented CERT to Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver BC, Montreal and Toronto, Canada and to CERT Puerto Rico.
Gerlich is a recognized subject matter professional in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management with certifications from FEMA, Cal EMA, the NFPA, and Texas A&M University with special emphasis on Volunteer Management, Incident Command, Effective Communication. She shares her expertise with others, speaking on preparedness to many organizations including the Holy Cross Hospital Continuing Education Program and through the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) Speakers Bureau.
Additional training includes: American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor and American Heart Association Instructor, ACLS, BLS, PALS, PTLS. She received an M.A., Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a B.S. in Health Science and Education from Cal State University, Northridge and has been a Licensed California Paramedic since 1987.