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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

CERTCERT training is designed to teach community members how to help themselves and the people around them during and after a disaster.

A man in wearing a red raincoat and a green helmet uses a fire extinguisher on a small, controlled fire. A woman in a gray sweatshirt and matching green helmet is standing behind the man and bracing his shoulder. People in green helmets watch in the background.CERT is a blend of hands-on and classroom education that will have participants practicing extinguishing fires, treating injuries, and search and rescue techniques, as well as learn skills like emergency preparedness, utility safety, prioritizing medical care, emergency communications, and how to address the psychological impact of disasters. At the end of the course, CERTs will find, rescue, and treat 'injured' survivors for the final earthquake drill!

CERT graduates have the opportunity to join other CERTs from Auburn and neighboring cities for continued education classes, periodic disaster drills, and develop neighborhood-level emergency response plans together.

The CERT training is comprised of seven, three-hour-long evening classes, with a final Saturday-morning disaster drill. Classes are taught by local emergency management staff, police officers, firefighters, and other professionals.

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. Fire department and emergency management professionals from Auburn and surrounding jurisdictions, as well as the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) teach CERT classes.

2023 Spring CERT Schedule

Two people wearing black coats and green helmets that say C.E.R.T on them are caring for a teenage girl. One of the people wraps an emergency blanket around the teenager's shoulders and the other is practicing tying a splint around her leg.Class Dates: 
Thursdays, May 11 - June 22
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Disaster Drill: 
Saturday, June 24
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM 

Register for CERT

Fill out a Training Application to sign up for CERT.

The Auburn CERT class is offered free of charge. Participants will receive backpacks, helmets, reflective vests, and other gear and are asked to provide their own work gloves and sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

For more information, or to receive a registration form via mail, please call 253-876-1925 or email Auburn Emergency Management.

Preparedness Classes

Auburn Emergency Management offers free emergency preparedness classes to Auburn-based community groups, neighborhood groups, schools, and workplaces with 10 or more participants.

The presentation can be customized to fit the timeframe and environment that works best for the group, and includes information about local hazards, building an emergency kit, and making a household plan.

To schedule a class for your group, contact Emergency Management at 253-876-1925 or email Auburn Emergency Management.

CPR and First Aid

The Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) offers CPR and First Aid classes in cooperation with Puget Sound and Renton regional fire authorities. The classes are taught using nationally recognized curriculum by certified firefighter/EMTs and meet WISHA and OSHA requirements.

Learn more about VRFA CPR and First Aid classes.

CPR classes may also be offered locally by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.