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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates 13 New Members

CERT 32 Grads

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Division is pleased to announce the addition of 13 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 574. The 13 new members graduated from the area’s 32nd CERT course that included 24 intensive hours of training over 4 weeks. The training culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake. 

Graduates of the class included: Ole Brandal, David Delaune, David Dill, Gregory Meister, Sheryl & Tom Patrakis, Carol Pfister, Karolyn Smith and Howard Syder of Auburn, Kristen Drew-Manning of Bonney Lake, Brian Kilstrom of Lake Tapps, and  Anna Castle and Cathy Niemi of Sumner.

The next CERT class will begin Tuesday, April 22. This class will be held every Tuesday at 6:30PM for 6 weeks with 2 Saturday Drills. 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/disaster.

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, Pacific, and the Valley Regional Fire Authority.