Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Volunteer Emergency Response Training

There are two upcoming training opportunities here in Clark County to obtain key skills for helping other people out during disasters.  And both of them start in March, so act quickly to register and take advantage of these wonderful sessions.

East County Fire & Rescue will be sponsoring a Community Emergency Response Team class on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. on March 25 and running through May 13 at the Grove Field Fire Station, 600 NE 267th Avenue in Camas. 

CERT students learn to deal with disasters such as earthquakes, terrorist attacks, major fires, tornados and floods.  Topics include emergency medical care, search and rescue techniques, using fire extinguishers and being prepared for disasters.  To sign up for the CERT Training, applicants should mail a check for $20, made out to East County CERT, to P.O. Box 286, Washougal, WA 98671. Checks must be received no later than March 19.

The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is offering a class here in Clark County.  A training academy is ready to start on Thursday, March 4th, in Ridgefield at Clark Fire & Rescue Station 21.  This intense set of classes runs between March 4-13th and will prepare you to respond to your community to provide "emotional first aid" in times of crisis.

To register for this training program, visit http://www.tipnw.org/.  You must be able to commit to attending all classes.  There is a $50 registration fee for this academy.  [See: Training Class Brochure]

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