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Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District Community Emergency Response Team Web

WFLSD CERT exists to mitigate the effects of disaster on our community, and to aid our community’s emergency responders.

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a program that was originally developed in Los Angeles as a means of preparing for the aftermath of earthquakes, and then was adopted and expanded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include preparation for a variety of hazards. Immediately following a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can quickly overwhelm professional emergency services. CERT teams are trained to provide first aid and disaster mitigation until professional emergency responders are available. The CERT course teaches community members how to:
  • Manage utilities and put out small fires
  • Treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Provide basic medical aid
  • Search for and rescue victims safely
  • Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective
  • Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts

In some areas of the country, CERT volunteers even help out in situations of smaller scope (e.g., back-line support in large brush fires, traffic control for events, assisting in area evacuations, missing persons searches...).

See Also

  • For a more in-depth description, see Community Emergency Response Team (at
  • For a brief history of the program, see the Los Angeles CERT Web site page What is CERT? (at
  • For general program information and training materials, see the FEMA CERT Web site (at

Contact Information

  Woodinville CERT Program 
P.O. Box 2200
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: 425-483-7915
Fax: 425-483-0000
Web site:

17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. NE
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Last updated on : January 13, 2007

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