Thursday, February 17, 2011

CERT training for King Count, WA, residents

From the King County, WA, Emergency Management website:
Get Involved with Community Emergency Response Teams in your area

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for King County residents
Coming in 2011 to Auburn, Kent, Issaquah, Maple Valley and Mercer Island

CERT training is comprised of about 20 hours of classroom education and hands-on practice in topics including disaster preparedness, emergency management, fire safety/suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster communication, disaster psychology, and all-hazards identification and awareness.

Graduates may have the opportunity to become registered emergency workers with their cities and the State of Washington, allowing them to aid in local and regional disasters. Graduates may also participate in local and regional continuing education activities, including training and field exercises. Courses are taught by fire department staff, emergency management personnel, and other subject matter experts from throughout the area. Clock hours are available for licensed teachers, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for other professionals.

Class members are asked to provide some basic equipment, such as sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. Other supplies and equipment will be provided.

Auburn Emergency Management (choose one)
April 5th – 7th Daily for 3 days 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August (dates tba) Daily for 3 days 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 6th – November 12th Thursdays for 6 weeks 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
PLUS drills, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12 (Saturdays) 8 a.m. - noon
Classes are free and open to anyone, priority to those living or working in Algona, Auburn, Pacific pre-registration required. For more information or to register, call 253-876-1925 or e-mail An application form may be downloaded at:

Kent Emergency Management (choose one)
March 17th – May 5th Thursdays for 8 weeks 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
March 17th – May 5th Thursdays for 8 weeks 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Classes are free, open to residents of the cities of Kent, Covington, and unincorporated King County Fire District 37. For more information, and to register, call 253-856-4440 or email

City of Issaquah
March 23rd - May 7th Wednesdays for 7 weeks 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
May 7th – Final Exam Saturday 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Classes are $35 and held at the Issaquah Public Works building. Priority will be given to those living or working in Issaquah. For more information call 425-837-3464 or email To register, visit:

Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety
September 8 – October 27 Thursdays for 8 weeks 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Course fee is $35.00 and classes are open to residents of the cities of Auburn, Black Diamond and Covington. For more information, or to register, call 425-433-2166 or email

City of Mercer Island
March 19 – December 17 (weekly, year-long), one Saturday per month 9 a.m. - noon
Classes are free and open to everyone. For more information, or to register, call 206-275-7905 or email Class information is also available online at
Once again, Federal Way started their class before I posted.

I've posted about CERT before, of course.

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