Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
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 2020 CERT class which starts on February 20th!
Class dates and times are listed below. The fee for the class is $35 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 if accompanied by a parent.
There is no maximum age limit. CERT training is open to any Clark County resident, but preference is given to those who live within Vancouver city limits, Fire District 5, and Fire District 6. Persons of all physical abilities are encouraged to apply.
Once the class is filled, that information will be posted here. It can be assumed that until this information has changed, there is still space in the class.
Applications can be printed from the link on this page. Please fill out and bring in or 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 14th.
Please note: Our last class filled up in record time. If you are interested in taking the class, you are STRONGLY encouraged to register as soon as possible. The demand for the class and the large number of people on the notification list make it very likely that the class will fill up as fast or faster than before. Registration in the class occurs in the order that applications with payment are received, not when they are postmarked or sent. Bringing the application into the office is the only sure way of getting it in on a specific day. While you can mail it in, mailed applications cannot be counted on to arrive on a certain day. Please do not email the application since it can’t be accompanied by the class fee. An application submitted without the fee will NOT hold a space in the class for you.
If you register but have to withdraw from the class prior to it starting, please notify us as soon as possible so that the spot can be given to someone else. Your application will be returned and your fee refunded.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 or Jodi Blackwood at email@example.com prior to submitting an application. Most concerns can be managed. Please be advised that if a background check reveals something that was not truthfully stated on the application, participation will not be allowed.
Spring 2020 CERT Class Schedule:
Thursday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 19th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 26th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Final drill
Evening classes will be held at:
Bridgeview Resource Center
505 Omaha Way
Vancouver, WA 98661
Saturday class locations TBA