Putting out fires

More than 70 people gathered at Coastside Fire Station 40 on Sunday for the final hands-on training day and graduation of participants in the Coastside Community Emergency Response Team program. Graduates from previous sessions showed up to support participants as they completed a number of challenges in order to finish the course. The program, which prepares community members to take care of their neighborhoods during times of emergency, is completely free to participants and is run entirely by volunteers. The group also provides a similar emergency preparedness course in Spanish and is working with ALAS to create materials and courses in Mandarin. The Fall Coastside CERT course is currently open for registration.  


Anna Hoch-Kenney is a staff photojournalist for Coastside News Group.  Prior to joining Coastside News Group, Anna worked as a freelance photographer.

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