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You Too Can Be a Hero!!

Imagine waking to the ground shaking.  Things falling and breaking, entire buildings swaying if not falling.  Cracks opening up in roadways, bridges falling, power lines down, water lines rupturing.  It’s a scene out of many disaster movies.

We have all seen scenes like this play out in movies time and time again, In fact there is a new movie coming out in May that will highlight a major disaster in this country and highlight how one hero will be shown to be the saving grace for many.   Hollywood likes to focus on one action hero saving many, but in reality, many true hero’s that will likely arise is a situation like this. Everyday people who will come together and work as a team to help each other out until other help arrives!!

I think the majority of people understand that when and if something bad happens where you live, there never will be enough, firefighters, law enforcement officers, utility workers, road crews, nurses, and the list goes on.

It’s easy to stick our heads in the sand and pretend something bad wont happen, but the reality is, it could happen anytime.  Understanding the risk, just as in any risk is important in the choices we make.  Personally I prefer being part of the solution, not the problem.

Surviving a major disaster will take everyone coming together and working together to responding as a neighborhood, and community to ensure those who need help the most get it along with getting us back on our feet.

I recently completed CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training.  The basic skills I learned from preparedness, to basic first aid, fire suppression and search and rescue techniques can really come in handy, not only when the bad thing happens but in how I look at everyday situations

Our next class is coming up in April.  Do you have what it takes to help be part of the solution and be a true hero when emergencies happen?  For More information on CERT, please see

See pictures from the last CERT class on our Flickr Page  

CERT Comes to East County

East County Fire & Rescue is sponsoring a new student Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class starting Friday, April 13. The CERT program teaches people about disaster preparedness for hazards in our area and trains you in basic disaster response skills. To learn more about CERT, click here.

This CERT class will have sessions on Friday, April 13 and 20 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm and on two Saturdays, April 14 and April 21 from 9 am to 5 pm. You must attend all sessions to complete the course. Cost of the class is $25.

For more information on how to sign up please click here.

Hurry, as there are only a few spots open for this great class!

Fire Corps and CERT Training Starts Soon

Two great Citizen Corps programs, Fire Corps and CERT, have training sessions starting very soon in Clark/Vancouver.

We’re very excited to announce that Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Corps has their inaugural training academy starting February 2. Fire Corps volunteers are critical for non-emergency support functions focusing on education and prevention. Their training will include Smoke Alarm awareness and installation, Home Safety and Small Hazard house training, Fire Extinguisher training and much more. In addition, each volunteer in the program will receive CPR, AED and First Aid training. Click here for information on how to register for their program.

Clark County Fire District 6 is starting their spring session of the highly desired Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on February 16. This 20+ hour course will follow the national curriculum and help Clark County citizens become more prepared to survive disasters and help their community respond in times of great need. The cost is $30 and you must submit your application with payment before you are on the roster. Click here to see their schedule and registration.

If you need more information regarding other Clark County or City of Vancouver Citizen Corps volunteer programs please email

Groovy Doo-Doo

Last night 61 Clark County Citizen Corps, CERT, Medical Reserve Corps and community members learned about Disaster Sanitation: What to do about Pee and Poo. Shown in the picture is Carol McCreary of the Portland Advocacy group PHLUSH (pronounced Flush). Carol taught the group about the twin-bucket toilet system (used in the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake areas) that you can have in your own preparedness and home kits if your utilities are disrupted due to a large-scale disaster.

The group was also instructed by Nathan Weed, Clark County Public Health and Captain Frank Mazna, Vancouver Fire Department about best practices in a disaster for hygiene, preventing disease outbreak and how to fend for yourself in a disaster.

The event was sponsored by CRESA and the Clark County Citizen Corps group. If you want to be invited to the next community preparedness education class or have emergency preparedness topic ideas that you would like to see presented in 2012, please email

CERT Class – East County Fire & Rescue

For all of you Clark County community members wanting another CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class, your next opportunity is with East County Fire & Rescue starting October 28 (see below).

If you’re not able to attend this training, or are looking for training in Vancouver, send your contact information to be added to a CERT waiting list to

You must be able to attend all 20 hours to complete the course.

When: Friday, 10/28/11, 7-9:30 pm
Saturday, 10/29/11, 9 am to 5 pm
Friday, 11/4/11, 7-9:30 pm
Saturday, 11/5/11, 9 am to 5 pm

Location and Sponsor: East County Fire & Rescue, Camas, WA

Cost: $25 due at time of registration

Preregistration is required: Call 360.834.4908 to secure your seat as class size is limited

CERT Classes starting 9/22

Are you leaning forward towards preparing for disasters in your neighborhood or community?

Both Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire have Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes starting very soon. The Fire District 6 class starts Thursday night, September 22 and there are only 3 spots open for this class. Classes are Thursdays 7-9:30 pm on 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 with two Saturdays, 10/1 and 10/22.

Vancouver Fire has classes on 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 and 10/22.

Both classes are $30. Hurry as the next opportunity may not come around until next spring. Call Cindy @ 360.992.6285 for more information.

CERT Class – Deadline approaching soon

Are you prepared for any disasters? Have you considered taking additional training, especially after seeing the recent trouble in Japan? Could you and your family survive on your own if Clark County had a similar situation? These are all good questions. You have an opportunity to take advanced preparedness training in our area, but hurry as the deadline to register is coming up soon.

What: East County Fire & Rescue CERT (Community Emergency Response Training)
When: Friday evening/Saturdays on April 8-9 and April 15-16, 2011
Cost: $25 (covers training supplies and materials)
How to register: (look for the “2011 CERT” information at the top) or call 360.834.4908 for more information.

CERT Classes starting Febuary 10, 26 and April 8

Three local fire districts are offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes this winter and spring.

CERT training is a 20+ hour curriculum consisting of Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Fire Suppression, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Urban Search & Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism Awareness and a final Disaster Drill.

Vancouver Fire classes start February 10 on Thursday evenings, Fire District 6 offers Saturday classes starting February 26 and East County Fire & Rescue have classes on Friday evenings/Saturdays starting April 8. Please see the attached flyer for more information on how to sign up for these CERT classes.

Please note that the email address for Paula Knapp should be for the East County Fire & Rescue courses.  We are in the process currently of updating this flyer to include the right address.  Thanks!

CERT Classes Start in October

Back by popular demand are two Clark County CERT Classes offered by Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 6.

CERT classes provide a positive and realistic approach to disaster situations where your actions can make a difference. This training may increase not only yours and your families chance of survival, but may also have a direct impact on your neighbors, co-workers and your community.

CERT training is a mimimum of 20 hours and costs $30 per student. Please read each districts flyer for more information, including their application and how to register below.

Vancouver Fire classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 pm starting October 7 – November 18 with the final drill on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Clark County Fire District 6 will hold their classes on Saturdays, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm starting October 23 – November 13 with the final drill on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

There are limited number of seats for each class, so please sign up quickly. You will be notified when your application has been accepted.

Can’t take CERT classes this fall? Here is a FEMA online class that will help you get started until you can take the in person classes.

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