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Volunteers Needed for Renton’s Community Emergency Response Teams

April 13, 2009

For more information contact:

Mindi Mattson, Emergency Management Coordinator 425-430-7041
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

WHAT:  The City of Renton is actively recruiting volunteers for the Spring 2009 CERT academy.  CERT volunteers work with the fire department to better prepare the community to respond to disasters.  CERT, which stands for Community Emergency Response Teams, is a nationwide all-hazards disaster preparedness program created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It is also part of the national Citizens Corps program, which increases preparedness through volunteerism. 

The Spring 2009 CERT academy is scheduled from April 21, 2009 to May 14, 2009, with a disaster simulation on Saturday, May 16, 2009.  Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. CERT graduates receive 24 hours of training in fire suppression, search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology and team organization.  CERT trained individuals are able to work as part of a team in their neighborhood in order to meet the needs of residents after a disaster.  Classes are taught by fire department personnel and local experts.

WHO:  City of Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department                 

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 21 to May 14, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
                                    
WHERE:  Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th Street, Renton WA.

For more information about CERT or to register for classes, please contact Mindi Mattson at 425-430-7041.