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.
CERT 27 - Spring 2019
Classes: Wednesdays, March 6 - May 1, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Disaster Drill: Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CERT Graduation: Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm. (City Council Meeting)
Full class schedule (pdf).
More classes will be scheduled in 2019, stay tuned! If you would like a notification when a new CERT class opens for registration, email KirklandEM@kirklandwa.gov.
Volunteers are needed to help with the final CERT disaster drill on May 4. Learn more and sign up through Eventbrite.
All drill volunteers must complete and sign the One-Time Event Volunteer Service Agreement (PDF) and the Emergency Worker Application (PDF).
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to participate, and minors need to have their forms signed by a parent or guardian. Please complete these forms in advance if possible, there will be copies available on the day of the drill.