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CERT graduates 13 new members

The latest CERT Graduates have the opportunity to become registered emergency workers with their respective cities and the state of Washington, allowing them to aid in local and regional disasters. - Courtesy photo
The latest CERT Graduates have the opportunity to become registered emergency workers with their respective cities and the state of Washington, allowing them to aid in local and regional disasters.
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For the Reporter

The City of Auburn Emergency Management Division recently announced the addition of 13 members to the area's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the total number of graduates in the local program to 574.

The new members graduated from the area's 32nd CERT course that included 24 intensive hours of training over four weeks. The training culminated in a hands-on practical exercise simulating an earthquake.

Graduates of the class were: Ole Brandal; David Delaune; David Dill; Gregory Meister; Sheryl and Tom Patrakis; Carol Pfister; Karolyn Smith and Howard Syder of Auburn; Kristen Drew-Manning of Bonney Lake; Brian Kilstrom of Lake Tapps; and Anna Castle and Cathy Niemi of Sumner.

The next CERT class will begin Tuesday. Class is at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday for six weeks with two Saturday drills. Space is still available, though pre-registration is required. Information and applications for classes may be found on the City website at www.auburnwa.gov/disaster.

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