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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates Second Class of High School Trainees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2012

AUBURN, Wash. – June 25, 2012 - The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office is pleased to announce the addition of 9 new members to the area’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 424. The 9 new members graduated from the area’s 23rd CERT course, representing the second year of High School CERT training and drawing on students from Auburn High School, Auburn Mountain View High School, and Auburn Riverside High School. Class 23 included 24 intensive hours of training over the course of the school year and culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake.

Graduates of the class included: Kimberly Anderson, Kyle Baquian, Madeleine Jones and Riley Loeks of Auburn High School, Anna Beers, Victoria Bulson, Felicity Hughes, and Brittney McDaniel of Mountain View High School, and Thomas Snyder of Auburn Riverside High School.

The next CERT class is schedule to begin on Tuesday, August 21, running for 3 consecutive days from 8:00 AM to 5:00 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.

ABOUT CERT TRAINING
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 local area, and the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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City of Auburn Emergency Management
340 East Main Street, Suite 201
Auburn, WA 98002
253-876-1925
www.auburnwa.gov/disaster