University Place, Wash. – West Pierce Fire & Rescue is currently taking registrations for the September Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes for those who live or work within Lakewood and University Place. This free, 20-hour course teaches citizens how to prepare for, and respond to, disasters or extreme emergencies.
Classes begin on September 15th and are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three weeks from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., and culminate in a practical exercise to be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Classes will be held at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue and taught by firefighters and paramedics who are subject matter experts. The course is limited to 25 students and there are no prerequisites, other than a desire to learn and help others.
The classes 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.
For questions or to register, please contact Rachel Adler (253) 983-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.