Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

West Pierce Fire & Rescue invites citizens who live or work in the Lakewood and University Place area to attend our next session of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes.  Aimed at preparing groups of citizens in our community to prepare for and respond to disasters, these classes follow a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and offered in cities across the United States.  The idea behind this model is to teach people in neighborhoods how to help each other in the first few minutes or hours following a disaster – before emergency responder are able to get to them to render professional help.  In the classes, students will gain hands-on skills such as how to put out small fires, render first aid in a disaster situation, and perform light search and rescue.

The series of six classes will be held two nights per week for three weeks, from 6:00 – 9:00pm, and will culminate in a practical exercise to be held on a Saturday from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Classes are held at WPFR stations and instructors are uniformed firefighters with special experience in the particular area, or subject matter experts from other areas.  The classes are free!  There is currently a waiting list for the CERT class and to be added, please email the following information to us.

To be added to the waiting list, please send the following information to
Full name
Email address
Phone number

For more information or questions, please contact:

Rachel Adler
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Valerie Marmolejo
AmeriCorps/CERT Coordinator

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