Fire departments offer disaster response classes

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance



Two local fire and rescue agencies are hosting classes to help residents prepare to respond to disasters in their neighborhoods.

Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire have Community Emergency Response Team classes that are starting soon.

CERT members are trained to check on neighborhood safety, suppress a small fire with a fire extinguisher, conduct light urban search and rescue, provide emergency medical aid and assist first responders after large events such as earthquake or floods, according to the Fire District 6 website.

Fire District 6 class starts Thursday night and will run every Thursday through Oct. 20 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and two Saturdays, Oct. 1 and Oct. 22.

Vancouver Fire classes Start on Oct. 1 and run every Saturday through Oct. 22.

Classes cost $30. Space is limited.

Call Cindy at 360-992-6285 for more information.