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Auburn Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates 13 New Members

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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 658. The 13 new members graduated from the area’s 38th CERT courses that included 24 intensive hours of training over 3 full days. The training culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake. 

Graduates of the class included: Loren Ball, James Doil, Harold Leach, Ellen Little, Julie Logan, Timm Lovitt, Karen Satterberg, Esteban Sosa, Marjorie Spreen of Auburn, Catherine Wilson of Enumclaw, David Larsen of Maple Valley, Tyler Turner of Puyallup, and Chernenko Wheatley of Tacoma.

The next CERT class will be Tuesday evenings October 6-November 10 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. 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.