The Tacoma Fire Department invites citizens who live or work within the city limits of Tacoma to attend our next session of CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) classes. Aimed at preparing groups of citizens in our community to prepare for and respond to disasters, the classes will follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offered in cities across the United States. The idea behind this model is to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to get to them to render professional help. In the classes, students will gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, and perform light search and rescue. Download the CERT overview handout.
The series of six classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three weeks, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., and will culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes will be held at one of two Fire Department locations - see location notes below for each class. Instructors will be uniformed Firefighters with special experience in the particular area, or subject matter experts from other areas. The cost is unbeatable….it’s free. Here is the schedule of upcoming classes:
We will accept up to 25 students in this series of classes. It is important that if you enroll, you be available to attend all sessions. To enroll in the series of classes, complete the on-line registration form, or call Ute Weber with the Tacoma Fire Department, at 253.594.7980. Download the CERT FLYER.
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You can register on line On-line Registration:
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What you can expect from us regarding this class: We will do our best to present to you a series of classes, taught by qualified professionals, that will offer Tacoma citizens some real, hands-on skills they can apply in their homes and neighborhoods, that will help them prepare for and respond to disasters and large-scale emergencies. We will do this in a comfortable learning environment, with personal safety of primary importance.
What we expect from you: The Tacoma Fire Department hopes to fill this series of classes with individuals who are able to commit the time to attend all classes and the exercise, who have a high interest in bettering their neighborhoods, and who have the potential to become leaders/organizers and share what they learn within their area of the city.