Edmonds residents complete community disaster training

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From left, students Fani Castillo, Christine Richter-Muster, Sue Schepp, Steve Grosse, Amy Huber, Warren Gage, Diane Gage, Stacia Neil and instructor Cliff Affeldt participated in a disaster simulation drill at the Fire District 1 Training Center last month at the conclusion of the eight-session Community Emergency Response Team class.

Eight citizens, including two from Edmonds, completed the spring Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in Snohomish County Fire District 1.

Edmonds residents Christine Richter-Muster and Sue Schepp were among those who participated in the eight-session course to learn how they can help their community in a major disaster. Class topics included readiness, basic disaster first aid, search and rescue operations, how to put out small fires and the psychological effect of disasters. The students finished their training by putting their new skills to the test with a hands-on simulated disaster scenario at the Fire District 1 Training Tower near Mariner High School.

Fire District 1’s next CERT class will be offered in the fall. The class is free; however, students need to create (or purchase) a home disaster kit and purchase personal safety equipment to participate in some class activities. Learn more at www.firedistrict1.org or call Fire and Life Safety Educator Tina Delisle at 425-551-1250.

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, serving more than 225,000 residents in the unincorporated neighborhoods of Silver Firs, Eastmont, Mariner, Lake Serene, Picnic Point, Martha Lake, Lake Stickney, Norma Beach, Hilltop, Hilton Lake, Pioneer Trails and the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace and town of Woodway.

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