Community Emergency Response Team
We can predict that emergency resources may not meet immediate needs of everyone following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in the event of an earthquake.
We also know that people will naturally want to help others following a disaster.
The cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend are pleased to offer the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which trains local residents to help save lives, protect property, and operate safely in a post-disaster environment.
The first session provides an overview of the entire course, recommends personal preparedness steps, and addresses many of the hazards that the City of Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Valley face.
Disaster Fire Suppression
This session addresses fire prevention and dealing with small fires. It covers identifying and reducing potential fire hazards, basic fire suppression strategy, firefighting resources, and firefighting techniques. Attendees will learn hands-on skills for using a full-size fire extinguisher.
Disaster Medical Operations
Disaster medical operations are taught in two sessions. These classes include information on triage techniques, patient assessment, how to treat life-threatening injuries, and first aid.
Light Search & Rescue Operations
Information in this session includes techniques for lifting, cribbing, and victim removal; search and rescue priorities and resources; and equipment needs.
Police and Fire Departments use the Incident Command System (ICS) to organize first responders at the scene of an incident. This class teaches citizens the basic principles of ICS and how it applies to CERT team organization.
Disaster Psychology & Terrorism
This session describes the post-disaster emotional environment for victims and responders, and methods to meet the challenges involved. The class is taught by a police/fire department chaplain who has years of professional experience in disaster psychology. Students will also learn information for assessing and reporting damage to buildings and infrastructure; construction-related hazards; and rescuer safety. Participants will also be taught about terrorist event response.
Course Review & Disaster Simulation (Drill)
The final CERT session involves a brief review of information followed by a practical drill in which participants exercise some of the skills they have learned in previous class sessions.
As a CERT Participant You Will Receive:
- Student manual
- CERT kit (includes a backpack, hardhat, safety vest, goggles, gloves, flashlight, whistle, hand sanitizer, and a Field Operating Guide)
- Certification of Completion (if all criteria have been met)
Days, Times & Cost
This course is held on four Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 SE Snoqualmie Parkway.
Training courses, student materials, and equipment are provided for a refundable fee of $25 per person upon completion of all training sessions.
A preview of the CERT program can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.
More Information & Class Registration
City of Snoqualmie Emergency Management Department
Email Emergency Management