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Community Emergency Response Team

CERT Class Full

We are sorry, but the spring CERT class is now full and we cannot accept any more registrations.  Our next class will be in the fall in September/October.  If you would like to be notified by email when registration for that class begins, please send a request to

can make a difference during a disaster!

When first responders like the fire department are overwhelmed due to a significant earthquake, flood, or fire, trained CERT members act as an extension of first responder services by providing immediate assistance to victims until professional services can take over.

Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department pool their resources to train citizens of all ages and backgrounds to assist in their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.

CERT training is a 20+ hour class that teaches citizens to take care of their families and neighborhoods after a disaster strikes. Topics taught include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic fire suppression
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Light search and rescue
  • Disaster psychology
  • Organization and communications
  • Terrorism awareness


What do CERT members do?
 In the event of a disaster CERT members are trained to:
  • Check on neighbors safety
  • Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher
  • Conduct light urban search and rescue
  • Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors
  • Organize and direct other neighbors who offer assistance
  • Assist, on a volunteer basis, outside their neighborhood. For example, sandbagging during a flood emergency.
For more information please contact

CERT Coordinator
Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Sinclair
Clark County District 6
Phone: 360-576-1195

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