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Auburn Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates 17 New Members

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Division is pleased to announce the addition of 17 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 611. The 17 new members graduated from the area’s 35th 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 combined class included: Shannon Willden, William Freitag, Vickie Leaf, Sean Coburn, Seth Russell, Kenneth Brestar, Mary Warden, David Tate, and  James Tate of Auburn, Steven Eneix of Black Diamond, Penny Green and Beth Guessow of Covington, Gerry Maitland of Federal Way, Pamela Neumann of Kent, Nancy Jones of Lake Tapps, Colton Titus of Pacific, and Meghan Miley of Seattle.

The next CERT class will be Thursday evenings Oct. 9-Nov. 13 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  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.