Lakewood Fire District 2 is proud to congratulate the first group of Lakewood citizens to complete the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) classes. These citizens devoted over 20 hours to receive important training intended to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few hours or days following a disaster, before emergency responders are able to get to them to render professional help.
The training culminated in a hands-on drill on Saturday, April 18th at fire station 21. Students extinguished fires, utilized rescue techniques and practiced disaster medical operations on volunteer victims from Pierce College and fire department family members. A special thanks goes to Teresa Carol, instructor at Pierce College for organizing volunteers and Carol Ernst who applied expert moulage.
The training is the result of collaboration between the City of Lakewood, Lakewood Police Department and Lakewood Fire District 2.
Lakewood Fire District 2 is now opening enrollment for the next Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) classes to those who live or work within the Lakewood area. This FREE, 20-hour CERT course aims to teach citizens how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters or extreme emergencies.
The classes will follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is offered in many communities across the United States. The idea behind this model is to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few hours or days following a disaster, before emergency responders are able to get to them to render professional help. In the CERT classes, students will gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, be safe around utilities, and perform light search and rescue.
The six classes will be taught by firefighters who are subject experts. Typically, the classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three weeks from 6:30 – 9 p.m., and culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Classes will be held at Station 21 at 5000 Steilacoom Blvd SW starting on Tuesday, July 7th through Saturday, July 25th .
The course is limited to 25 students and there are no prerequisites, other than a desire to learn and help others. Attendance is required at all of the sessions.
For more information, the class schedule or to register, contact Colleen Adler at (253) 983-4564.