Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)

You can make a difference during a disaster!

When first responders like the fire department are overwhelmed due to a significant earthquake, flood, or fire, trained CERT members act as an extension of first responder services by providing immediate assistance to victims until professional services can take over.

Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department pool their resources to train citizens of all ages and backgrounds to assist in their neighborhood in the event of a disaster. To learn more go to CERT’s website here.

CERT training is a 20+ hour class that teaches citizens to take care of their families and neighborhoods after a disaster strikes. Topics taught include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic fire suppression
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Light search and rescue
  • Disaster psychology
  • Organization and communications
  • Terrorism awareness

Unfortunately, we’ve had to suspend CERT classes temporarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are hopeful that they can be resumed in 2021, but that will just depend on the circumstances. We will post information to this site when classes are to resume. If you would like to be notified when registration for our next class begins (whenever that is), please send an email to Jodi at and your name will be added to the list.