A FEMA-certified Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program still has openings for participants. The four Saturday course, held in Snoqualmie, is interactive and hands-on.
It is held at the Snoqualmie Fire Station and is taught by a partnership between the Snoqualmie Fire Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and community volunteers.
Class participants learn to save lives, protect property, and operate safely in post-disaster environments. CERT training will provide participants the opportunity to learn techniques in fire suppression, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and disaster medical operations including triage techniques, patient assessment, and treating life-threatening injuries. The course concludes with a disaster simulation and drill.
Sessions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 12, 19, November 2 and 9. The fee for the four-day course is $25 per person and is fully refundable upon completion of all classes. The fee includes equipment, a student manual, and CERT kit (Field Operation Guide, hardhat, safety vest, backpack, goggles, gloves, flashlight, whistle, triage tape, and hand-sanitizing gel).
To register for the CERT program, e-mail the City of Snoqualmie Department of Emergency Management at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and include your name, address, and phone number, or register by calling Liz Luizzo or Bob Rowe at 425-888-1551.