10 new graduates from Shoreline Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Friday, May 3, 2019

CERT trainees learn how to use fire extinguishers

The Shoreline Office of Emergency Management is excited to announce the graduation of 10 new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.

These 10 community members participated in over 24 hours of training, which culminated in putting their skills to the test in a final simulated disaster exercise held at the Shoreline Fire Department Training and Support Facility on April 28, 2019.

CERT trainees help a 'victim' out of a dangerous situation

The full scale exercise included participation by the Shoreline Fire Department and included volunteers from the Shoreline Boy Scouts, previous CERT graduates and the non-profit group, Moulage Mayhem out of Snohomish County who acted as victims of a large earthquake for the CERT team to rescue and provide first aid.

The Shoreline CERT training was led by Shoreline Emergency Manager Jason McMillan and longtime CERT member Pat Ducey who ensured the course covered the required material, while maintaining a positive attitude and making it engaging and fun for all participants.

Trainers check the list of things graduates should demonstrate

There are no special skills or previous experience required to take the CERT training and all residents are encouraged to participate in the program. The course provides participants basic level training in fire and utilities control, disaster first aid, search and rescue and disaster psychology.

Using skills learned in the classroom and during exercises, participants are better prepared to provide assistance to their family, neighborhood, community, and workplace following a disaster. 

Volunteer victims are triaged and treated away from the danger

Additionally, CERT program graduates become eligible to be deployed in the community to assist with large scale emergency and disaster incidents. They may also assist the Shoreline Office of Emergency Management with public education and outreach events.

There is no cost for CERT training and all materials are provided. For more information on the CERT program and to find out about upcoming training opportunities, email or call the Shoreline Office of Emergency Management at 206-801-2700.


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