CERT course scheduled to begin in Everett, Wash.

The Emergency Services Coordinating Agency said a Community Emergency Response Team training course will begin on April 1 in Everett, Wash., for local residents.

Fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, emergency managers and CERT program managers will teach the course. Students will learn disaster first aid including triage, urban search and rescue, how to operate a fire extinguisher and how to remove victims trapped inside buildings.

Trained volunteers have an opportunity to join volunteer disaster response teams, and could be deployed to respond with professional emergency responders during a disaster. ESCA said the response team could be utilized to assist fire fighters, police and paramedics during disaster situations when the number of people who need help increases significantly.

ESCA said CERT volunteers provided communications and other support during the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash. Oso is located in Snohomish County, approximately 50 air miles from Seattle.

The eight-week course will take place at the Snohomish County Fire District 1 headquarters. A second course is scheduled to begin in September.

Everett is the county seat for Snohomish County, and is located 25 miles north of Seattle. The county covers 2,196 square miles and has a population of approximately 713,335.