You 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
Registration is now open for our spring CERT class which starts on February 22nd! Class dates and times are listed below. The fee for the class is $30 per person. The class will be filled in the order applications with fees are received. Due to facility space limitations, class size is limited to 30 participants. Minimum age is 18, or 16 with a parent. There is no maximum age limit. CERT training is open to any Clark County resident. Persons of all physical abilities are encouraged to apply.
Applications can be printed out from the link on this page, filled out, and sent with a check by mail to:
Clark County Fire District 6
8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98665
Registration materials may also be obtained and dropped off at our main fire station at the address above, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Deadline for applications will be Friday, February 16th. If the class fills up before that time, that information will be posted here.
Email will be the primary source of communication after registration so please ensure that your email address on the application is very legible. Emails from the class will show up in your inbox as email@example.com, so if you haven’t received a communication after registration, check your spam folder.
Please note: Part of the class fee is used to run a mandatory background check. If you have concerns or questions about the background check, please email Dave Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an application.
Spring 2018 CERT Class Schedule:
- Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Final drill
Please note that all classes must be attended in order to receive a completion certificate and to participate in activities and additional training with the Clark County CERT group, so please carefully review the class dates prior to registering. Unfortunately, since there are no other CERT classes currently available in Clark County, missed classes would have to be made up during the fall class in September/October.
- 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.
Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Sinclair
Clark County District 6