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Community Emergency Response Team Graduates New Members

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Division is pleased to announce the addition of 11 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 685. The 11 new members graduated from the 6-week course that included 24 intensive hours of training and culminated in a hands-on exercise simulating an earthquake. 

Graduates of the class included: Ave and Jason Davis of Algona; Claudette Elliott, Mylene Fritz, Nada Hughes, Robert Meserole, Jennifer Mitchell, Brenna Nieva, Ronald Schafer, and Chris Schmieder of Auburn; and John-Luke Dokupil of Kent.

The next CERT class will involve three full days of training August 16, 17, and 18. Space is still available, though pre-registration is required. Information and applications for classes may be found on the City website at www.auburnwa.gov/disasterlinks to external site.

CERT training is comprised of 24 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 have the opportunity to become registered emergency workers with their respective cities and the State of Washington, allowing them to aid in local and regional disasters. Graduates also have the opportunity to participate in local and regional continuing education activities, including training and field exercises. Courses are sponsored by the City of Auburn’s Office of Emergency Management and taught by fire and emergency management professionals from the cities of Auburn and Pacific as well as the Valley Regional Fire Authority.