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Auburn’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates 24 New Members

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office is pleased to announce the addition of 24 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 465. The 24 new members graduated from the area’s 25th CERT course that included 24 intensive hours of training over 3 days. The training culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake.

Graduates of the class included: Alex Carpentier and Kalvin Carpentier of Algona; John Calnan, Terri Calnan, Sergey Chaban, Lisa Cullum, Kimberly Cushing, Tyler Cushing, Sheila Cutler, Jennifer Finch, Michael Finch, Scott Hulet, Christine Lang, Victor Page, Danny Phillips and Kristin Wells of Auburn; Bernard Bailie, Rita Bailie, Donna Bridgeman, and John Nitardy of Des Moines; Ray Beaudoin of Enumclaw; Zarina Romanets of Kent; Jeff Berrens of Puyallup; and Robert Davis of Seattle.

The next CERT class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 9, running for 6 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM, plus two Saturday mornings. 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 White River Valley Citizen Corps Council and taught by fire and emergency management professionals from the cities of Auburn, Pacific, and the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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City of Auburn Emergency Management
25 W Main Street
Auburn, WA 98001