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Three Hundred King County Volunteers Gathered in Renton to make Communities Safer

March 3, 2014

For more information contact:
Mindi Mattson
, Emergency Management Coordinator 425-430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator 425-430-6569

RENTON – Over three hundred Citizen Corps volunteers attended a full day training last weekend to learn how to help their communities become safer and better prepared to respond to disasters and emergencies.

“I am excited to be able to take part in this unique training opportunity,” said Brian Birmingham, a volunteer with Renton’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) program. “It’s important to have the knowledge and skills to protect my family and make my community a safer place.”

King County Citizen Corps Council and Washington Citizen Corps partnered to teach classes on 13 topics including First Aid/CPR, Gas and Electrical Safety, Emergency Pet Sheltering, Radiation Awareness and Psychological First Aid. The day-long training (which was funded through a grant from Homeland Security), provided access to a variety of courses that may not be readily available to the public but are of high interest to local emergency volunteers. In addition, keynote speaker Dave Nichols spoke about his emergency sheltering experience through his recent deployment to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

Citizen Corps is a partnership between citizen volunteers and local fire departments, police departments and Public Health. Most communities in King County offer Citizen Corps Partner Programs, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service .board members.

Application forms can be found on the city’s website at under “Neighborhood Grant Program.” Grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014. Awards will be announced in early May 2014. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Norma McQuiller, Neighborhood Program Supervisor, at 425-430-6595 or