Lakewood Fire District 2 invites citizens who live or work in the Tillicum area to attend a special session of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes. Aimed at preparing groups of citizens in our community to prepare for and respond to disasters, the classes will follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offered in cities across the United States. The idea behind this model is to teach people in neighborhoods how to help themselves and each other in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responder are able to get to them to render professional help. In the classes, student can gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, and perform light search and rescue.
The series of six classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday (Sept. 22, 24, 29; Oct. 1, 6, 8) evenings for three weeks, from 6:30 – 9:00pm, and will culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday (Oct. 10) from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Classes will be held in Tillicum. Instructors will be from Pierce County Emergency Management, Lakewood Fire District and Lakewood Police Department. The classes are free!
There is no prerequisite, other than a desire to learn and help others. It is important that if you enroll, you be available to attend all sessions to receive the full benefit. To enroll, contact Colleen Adler at Lakewood Fire District 2 at (253) 983-4564.