CERT training in Washington city to start April 15

The city of Renton, Washington, recently announced it will offer Community Emergency Response Team training starting on April 15 to help civilians respond to a disaster.

The class will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings between April 15 and May 27 at the Renton Fire Station 14. A final drill and graduation will take place on Saturday, May 31.

Participants will learn about team organization, counterterrorism, search and rescue, fire suppression, first aid and personal preparedness.

In the city of Renton, there are a minimum of 12 police officers and 29 firefighters on duty to serve a community of close to 94,000 residents. In the event of a disaster, professional responders will be overwhelmed immediately with requests for help and will be unable to meet the needs of all Renton residents right away.

CERT training allows residents to serve as their own first responders when help cannot reach an area. Following training, participants will be matched up with other CERT members in the neighborhood to form a CERT team.

The class costs $25 for residents of Renton and $30 for non-residents. Participants must be age 18 or up.

The class will be taught by members of the Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy. REPA is a partnership between the city of Renton, the American Red Cross and the Renton Technical College that is meant to help individuals become more prepared and equipped to face any kind of emergency.