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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Vivian Eason at 360-786-5243 or email at easonv@co.thurston.wa.us

Community Emergency Response Team Training, June 21 through June 23

Neighborhoods, homes and workplaces can become disaster ready by taking CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes. The free course begins on Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., continues on Wednesday, June 22, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and concludes on Thursday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The class takes place at the East Olympia Fire Station, 9530 Old Hwy 99 SE in Olympia. Participants must attend all three days.

CERT training helps individuals, families and other groups create and organize response teams in the event of a disaster. The teams receive basic training in disaster response skills such as fire safety, emergency medical techniques, light search and rescue operations and decision making. The hands-on, interactive training is designed to help citizens help each other when first responders such as police and firefighters are not immediately available.

Taught by experienced emergency managers and first responders, the CERT course requires a minimum of 15 people. Call Vivian Eason at 360-786-5243 or email her at easonv@co.thurston.wa.us


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3