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Community Emergency Response Team

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.


Clark County Fire District 6, in partnership with the Vancouver Fire Department, hosts two CERT classes per year that are open to Clark County residents. Our spring class runs in February and March and our fall class runs in September and October.  Our fall 2018 class will start on September 20th and end on October 20th.  The class schedule is below.


Please note: Registration for the fall class will begin in mid-August. Check back on this site at that time for registration information, materials and instructions. If you would like to be notified by email when registration for the fall class begins, please send a request to and you’ll be added to the notification list.


Fall 2018 CERT Class Schedule:

Thursday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 27th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 11th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Please note that all classes must be attended in order to receive a completion certificate and to participate in Clark County CERT, so carefully review the class dates prior to registering.  As there are no other CERT classes currently available in Clark County, missed classes may not have make up opportunities and may have to be made up during the spring class in February/March.

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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