By Lesley Hynes, South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer.
On April 18, 2019, eighteen students completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at South County Fire to learn how to help in a major disaster.
Following a major disaster, firefighters and other first responders may not be able to meet the heavy demand for their services. People will have to rely on each other to meet many lifesaving and life-sustaining needs.
The students who completed the eight classes in the CERT training program are: Michael Atsatt, Titus Block, Sheila Clark, Roy Coons, Su-Hong Coons, Rosie Glenn, Britni Lynch, Mike Miller, Len Mizutowicz, Catherine Nichols, Pedro Rodriguez, Lynn Showalter, Todd Showalter, Emily Smith, Kayla Spencer, Matt Stirk, Eric Steiner, and Laurie Thomas.
Class topics included readiness, basic disaster first aid, search and rescue operations, how to put out small fires, and the psychological effect of disasters.
The students finished their training with a hands-on simulated disaster scenario at the South County Fire Training Tower near Mariner High School.
CERT Training graduates and instructors. Photo courtesy of South County Fire.