Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is an opportunity for people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities to learn valuable basic skills needed during an emergency.
Whether you are interested in learning how to take care of yourself and your family, your neighborhood, or taking an active role in community preparedness, the CERT training will help increase your confidence and provide peace of mind.
Spring 2023 Training Classes
Thank you for your interest in the CERT program. All eight classes must be attended to receive a course completion certificate and to participate in activities and further training with the CERT Clark County, WA group. Minimum age is 18, or 17 with an adult. There is no maximum age. People of all skills and abilities are encouraged to participate. All participants must be Clark County residents.
Registration for Class 1 is now open
To register for the class, please complete the on-line application available here.
Class 1: $35 / person
Thursday 2/23 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Evening classes will be held at:
Bridgeview Resource Center
505 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA 98661
Saturday class locations TBA
Thank you to Vancouver Fire District and Clark County Fire District 6 for your support of this class and the CERT program!
Class 2: $35 / person
Registration for Class 2 will open on March 7th. Applications and payment will not be accepted before 9:00 am. The application link has changed, so please check back for the correct site.
Classes will be held at Station 31
17718 N17718 NE 159th St.
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Thank you to Fire District 3, the Washougal Police Dept., and Clark County Public Works for their support of this class and the CERT program!
CERT Training requires a commitment of 24+ hours for classroom and field training, along with approximately one hour of reading homework each week, culminating in a final field exercise.
Registrants must pass a background check and sign a code of conduct.
Classes are typically offered one night a week and include two Saturday sessions; attendance is required at all classes for certification.
The following topics are included in each CERT Basic Training Class:
Session 1: Intro to CERT & Basic Emergency Preparedness
Session 2: CERT Organization & Disaster Communications
Session 3: Disaster Psychology & Terrorism
Session 4: Fire Safety & Utility Controls and Light Search & Rescue Operations
Session 5: Disaster Medical Operations 1 & Stop the Bleed
Session 6: Disaster Medical Operations 2
Session 7: CERT in Clark Co. -- the Practical Application
Session 8: Final Drill
The CERT program educates volunteers of all ages, ranging from stay-at-home parents, students, seniors, and individuals working full-time in how to prepare for the hazards that may impact their area and how to assist their neighborhood in the event of a disaster.
CERT volunteers are trained to:
Check on the safety and well-being of their neighbors
Suppress small fires using a fire extinguisher
Conduct light urban search and rescue
Provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to survivors
Organize and direct other individuals who offer assistance
Through their participation in neighborhood activities and events, they assist in preparedness outreach and public education.
CERT volunteers help build relationships between the community and emergency responders.
Here are links to additional resources for Emergency Preparedness information:
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts https://member.everbridge.net/453003085616336/login
Emergency Management Alerts & Warnings http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/alerts-warnings/
Disasters & Emergencies https://www.ready.gov/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/prepare.html