The Cities of Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, Renton, SeaTac and Kent invite you to a CERT Open House on June 23, 2022! Learn more.

Be prepared for the next emergency or disaster by completing the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training offered by Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

On a normal day, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies and we all count on them for their expertise. However, following a catastrophic disaster, emergency response personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately, because of the size of the area affected, loss of communications, and impassable roads.

The Puget Sound Fire CERT program serves the areas of Burien, Kent, Covington, SeaTac, and Fire District 37.


For more information or to register for CERT, visit the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority website.

Training Sessions

The training sessions are held twice a year in the spring and fall. The sessions require approximately 20 hours to complete. The class cost is $35 and it goes towards CERT supplies, including a first aid kit.

CERT training gives you the skills to help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives.

Through instruction and hands-on activities you will learn:

Disaster Preparedness

  • Hazards most likely to affect the community
  • How to prepare yourself

Disaster Fire Extinguishment

  • Reduce fire risks
  • Engage in limited fire extinguishment using basic safety precautions

Disaster Medical Operations

  • Manage airway obstruction
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Treatment of wounds and shock in disaster victims
  • Methods of prioritizing multiple patients

Search and Rescue

  • Coordinate searches and rescues
  • Searching a structure
  • Debris removal
  • Victim extrication
  • Rescuer protection

Disaster Psychology

  • Identify and relieve post-disaster emotional stressors in rescuers and survivors

Team Organization

  • Organize and function as a team with other CERT members during a disaster

Updated June 2, 2022


Puget Sound Fire Regional Authority

24611 116 Ave SE
Kent, WA 98030
Ph: (253) 856-4300