Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, a 21-hour course designed to prepare people to help themselves and others in the event of a catastrophic disaster, will be given in three full-day Saturday classes from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 and 18 through the Lewis & Clark Rural Fire Protection District CERT.

The Aug. 4 class will be held on the third floor at Gray Elementary School, 785 Alameda Ave. The classes on Aug. 11 and 18 will be held at the Lewis & Clark Fire Station, 34571 Highway 101 Business. Participants should attend all three classes.

There is no cost for the training, which may be taken for college credit through Clatsop Community College Education for Life. Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership in their local CERT.

CERT training covers basic skills and includes lectures, demonstrations, films, hands-on exercises and simulations to explain disaster preparedness. Topics include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, psychological support in disasters and basic disaster medical care.

Graduates who join their local CERT receive ongoing training, and act as effective “eyes and ears” for uniformed emergency responders. They also offer a potential workforce to service organizations in non-hazardous functions such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation.

Lewis & Clark CERT instructor Kris Wolfgram has 30 years of experience as a firefighter and first responder who volunteers with the Lewis & Clark and Olney fire departments and the American Red Cross. Assisting with the training will be Caren Black and Dave Wolfgram.

For registration and information, contact Caren Black at 503-325-6886 or email LifeboatAcademy@aol.com

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