Community Emergency Response Team Training Spring Class Begins on March 11, 2014
CERTs are formed by members of a neighborhood or workplace, who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities.
Initially, CERT programs were developed to assist communities in taking care of themselves in the aftermath of a major disaster when first responders are overwhelmed or unable to respond because of communication or transportation difficulties. As the CERT concept has taken hold across the country, however, CERTs have become much more than originally envisioned. CERTs have proven themselves to be an active and vital part of their communities’ preparedness and response capability.
When deployed appropriately, CERTs can complement and enhance first-response capability in neighborhoods and workplaces by ensuring the safety of themselves and their families working outward to the neighborhood or office and beyond until first responders arrive. CERTs can then assist first-response personnel as directed.
The next CERT class in Sammamish will begin on March 11th and continue on Tuesday nights f0r nine weeks. Classes will be held at Fire Station #82, 1851 228th Ave NE. The fee is $35.00 and the classes will begin at 6:30 pm. Classes are 2 ½ hours each week for a total of 20 hours. Teachers can apply for 20 clock hours and Students can receive 20 community service hours. Classes missed can be made up for complete credit.
Mar 11 – Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness and CERT Overview
Mar 18 – Unit 6 – Incident Command-CERT Organization/Communications
Mar 25 – Units 7 & 8 – Disaster Psychology and Terrorism
Apr 1 – Unit 2 – Fire Suppression
Apr 8 – Unit 5 – Light Search & Rescue
Apr 15 – Unit 3 – Disaster Medical – Triage
Apr 22 – Unit 4 – Disaster Medical – Treatment
Apr 29 – Review (Make up day)
May 3 – Final Exercise – To be held in Issaquah with the Issaquah CERT class