The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, utility safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Tacoma Fire Department invites citizens who live or work within the city limits of Tacoma to become a certified member of our team through completion of CERT courses. The classes follow models developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and are offered in cities across the United States. Aimed at equipping our community to prepare for and respond to disasters relevant to our area, this model teaches neighborhood residents how to help each other in the first few minutes, hours or days following a disaster – before emergency responders are able to render professional help.
For more information please contact:
Please review the "Newsletter" section of the website to stay up to date with all of the public education and training events that CERT Members have participated in!
Zip code teams are forming all over Tacoma! Get connected to plan and train with CERT members in your proximity. Partners increase your effectivness as a responder. Please remember to update your current info to ensure accurate teams can be formed. Contact Mike Davenport to join or start a team today!
Additional Trainings are being looked into for the upcoming year but no dates have been set for them. The class availability is based on funding and resources. The classes being looked into include:
- Public Education Training
- Social Media in Disasters
- Triage Refresher
- Medical Ops Refresher
- Search & Rescue Refresher
- Joint Exercise with West Pierce CERT
- Winter Weather briefing
- CERT Quarterly Training
When Schedules for upcoming events are finalized they will be posted to the Calendar.
EMT - Emergency Medical Technician Courses via local community colleges- restricted to those who have a need to learn more skills for an agency or organization.
Wilderness First Aid Training: http://www.wildmedcenter.com/schedule.html
Next Basic CERT Course Offered
March 31 - April 18, 2015
Register at: http://www.cityoftacoma.org/government/city_departments/fire/divisions/
HAM Radio Classes
TECHNICIAN LICENSE CLASS (FEE Required)
October 11 and 12, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with license exam on Tuesday, October 14
November 8 and 9, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with license exam on Tuesday, November 11
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT
Stephen Morton, AD7AB