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Learn to aid neighbors when disaster strikes


You have the opportunity to become part of a local area Community Emergency Response Team by receiving skills training while being part of a plan to assist your community when needed.

CERT training focuses on increasing the level of safety for those who will step forward to assist their neighborhood and community after a disaster. CERT promotes a partnership between emergency services and the community members they serve.

In the wake of a disaster, emergency personnel and their resources may be overwhelmed by the response needs of the community. CERT training gives people a glimpse into the system designed to save lives and provides some lifesaving tools.

CERT training, taught by FEMA-certified leaders and subject specialists, is available for all citizens who are interested in disaster and emergency preparedness. Physical agility for lifting, carrying and standing or walking for long periods is necessary.

The basic CERT course covers disaster triage; first aid; fire prevention; hazardous-materials identification and policy; search and rescue; CERT organization and operations; terrorism; and disaster psychology.

The training consists of classroom instruction, videos and practical application of course materials, including putting out a small fire, search and rescue operations, medical operations, and safe victim extraction exercises.

The 25-hour, three Saturdays course (Aug. 2, 9 and 16) includes both classroom and hands-on practical application of the FEMA training materials and is held both indoors and out regardless of weather conditions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clackamas Fire District Station 4, 6600 S.E. Lake Road.

To register, contact: CCFD#1 Emergency Manager Gregg Ramirez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-754-4240; or Linda Hedges, Milwaukie CERT Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-343-0022.

You should bring your own water bottle and lunch, dress in long sleeves, long pants and layers. Bring leather work gloves, a hard hat and goggles, if you have them, and wear hard-toed shoes.