Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a National program designed to prepare Clackamas County residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors, in the event of a disaster.
When: TBA. Three consecutive Saturdays or eight, three-hour consecutive week nights.
Where: Station 4, Lake Road Fire Station, 600 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie
To register: Go online to: http://www.clackamasfire.com/cert.html
Instructors: Clackamas Fire District No. 1 CERT trainers
Milwaukie's CERT Team was founded in 2010 in response to the 2008-09 winter ice and snowstorm that badly affected the Portland area. There are now more than 50 active and reserve CERT members. Members meet for drills twice monthly: the second Saturday morning or third Wednesday evening of each month. They also participate in other area advanced training opportunities. Support for team equipment has been provided by the City of Milwaukie, several City Neighborhood Associations, Celebrate Milwaukie Inc., Boring Volunteer Fire, the Milwaukie Rotary Club and Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation.
Milwaukie CERT members are committed to helping their own families and their neighbors following a disaster event, and expect to perform other activities as assigned by the City's Emergency Manager at that time, which may include helping emergency shelters, providing damage assessment and light search and rescue operations.Milwaukie CERT team has been instrumental in helping to form the new Oak Lodge CERT team.
Those interested in training in CERT complete a 24 hour combined classroom and practical hands-on course taught by Clackamas Fire District No. 1's certified CERT trainers.
Those interested should go to the Clackamas County Fire District No. 1's website at www.clackamsfire.com/CERT. There is a registration form there for the next upcoming class and further contact information.