The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and the Office of Emergency Management are offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
The eight-week program begins Sept. 18. The class meets on Tuesdays, with the first session beginning at 1 pm, and a second one at 6 p.m., at the Joint Police/Fire Training Center, 24523 116th Ave. SE, Kent.
Classes are free and open to anyone in the area interested in being better prepared for a disaster.
Over the eight weeks, participants will gain valuable information and skills in:
• Search and rescue
• Leadership and the incident command system
• Disaster medical and triage
• Heavy lifting
• Hazardous materials recognition
• Fire extinguishment
• Disaster psychology
CERT is a government program, hosted by local agencies to help people prepare for and survive the first 72 hours following a disaster, whether man-made or natural.
For more information and to register, visit www.pugetsoundfire.org and click on “Training and Education.”