MARCH 17, 1997

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Fire district offers emergency training for community

emergency training The Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District is offering classes to prepare community members to deal with disaster. The seven-week Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training series will begin April 2, with classes held Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.
   The training will cover basic skills that are important to know in the event of a disaster. Class topics include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and team organization. Two classes will deal with medical operations, and at the final class on May 14, a course review and disaster simulation will be presented.
   "If available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies and should be the first choice," Dominic Marzano, Battalion Chief, said. "However, following a catastrophic disaster, people in the community may be on their own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and impassable roads."
   CERT will prepare participants to help themselves, their family, and neighbors when emergency services personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately. At the conclusion of the series, class members will be certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
   Class size is limited to 20. Preregistration is required. For further information or to register, call the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District at 206-483-2131 or fax to 206-486-0361.