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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates 14 New Members

Former Mayor Chuck Booth and wife included in 30th class

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office is pleased to announce the addition of 14 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 538. The 14 new members graduated from the 30th CERT course that included 24 intensive hours of training over 6 weeks. The training culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake.

Graduates of the class included: Malena Barr, former Auburn mayor Chuck and Leila Booth, Marilynn and Robert Brown, Brooksie Donna Hall, John Kiefer, Kelly McAllister, Nichole McIntosh, Max Pierce, Ronald Smallman, Louise Wooden, and Mary Zoppi of Auburn and Peggy LovellFord of Enumclaw.

Along with the former mayor of Auburn, this class also boasts numerous participants from Auburn's Wesley Homes. Wesley Homes now has over 40 CERT members.

The next CERT class is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 8, and will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 PM and will run through Nov. 12. There will also be two Saturday morning classes on Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 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.

CERT 30 Graduates

CERT 30 Graduates

Back (L-R): Bob Brown, Peggy LovellFord, Brooksie Hall, Chuck Booth, Nicole McIntosh, Kelly McAllister, Max Pierce, Ronald Smallman

Front (L-R): Malena Barr, Louise Wooden, Mary Zoppi, Leila Booth, Marilynn Brown, John Kiefer