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FREE training opportunities for Western Washington residents and businesses

You never know when a train will derail, floodwaters rise, the earth will shake, or fire will threaten a home or business. We are in critical need of emergency service volunteers to assist with incidents that happen at any time in our communities, homes, and workplace.

Throughout my tenure as Mayor for the City of Dupont, and City Administrator for the City of Yelm, our communities called on emergency services on several occasions for a variety of circumstances. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to participate in FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) because it ensured I was prepared and trained for the situations I experienced and it also gave me a deeper appreciation for the public safety professionals who put their lives on the line every day for our community.

This month FEMA and key community partners will be offering training for emergency and disaster preparedness. The training is open to anyone and participants will learn basic emergency response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and basic disaster medical operations. What is most important about these FREE opportunities is they are 'Train the Trainer' courses that not only teach you essential skills, they empower participants to teach others by serving as an instructor in your community.

Learn how you can serve your community on the link below and join me in giving a special thanks to the community partners who have made this training possible: West Pierce Fire & Rescue, City of Renton, City of Ocean Shores, City of Oak Harbor, City of University Place, Island County, Association of Washington Cities, FEMA Region 10, and the dedicated staff at Serve Washington.



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