Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)

Fall CERT classes are ready for you! Classes fill up fast…so now is the time to sign up.

You can make a difference during a disaster, and the next two classes start in mid-September.  One is held at Clark-Cowlitz Fire and rescue Station 21 in Ridgefield and the other at the Bridgeview Resource Center in Vancouver.  The link below includes specific dates, times and addresses.

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 18 and older to assist in their neighborhood in the event of a disaster. To learn more go to CERT’s website here.

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