In Kirkland there are about 25 firefighters on duty serving a community of about 85,000 residents on any given day. If a large disaster happens, professional responders may be overwhelmed and unable to respond to everyone that needs help.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) teaches residents how to respond to emergencies and help themselves and the people around them.
Kirkland CERT training is offered regularly throughout the year in a variety of formats. This 24 total hour training teaches skills like fire suppression, disaster first aid, search and rescue techniques, assisting professional responders, responding to suspected terrorist incidents, reducing survivor stress, and preparing individuals and communities for emergencies.
Sign up for the Kirkland Emergency Management newsletter to receive updates about CERT in Kirkland.
Classes: Tuesdays, September 17 - October 29, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Disaster Drill: Saturday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CERT Graduation: Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. (City Council Meeting)
Registration: Registration is closed. Sign up for the Emergency Management newsletter to be notified when a new CERT class opens for registration.
See full schedule (PDF).
Volunteers are needed to help with the CERT Final Disaster Drill! Volunteers will be put into fake wound makeup if they are comfortable with doing so and pretend to have been injured during an earthquake. CERT participants will find, rescue, and treat volunteer 'survivors'. Being a drill volunteer is lots of fun and lunch is provided.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the latest
Location: Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave
Registration: Learn more and sign up online.