By NR Staff • 

Emergency response training set

It is imperative that residents be prepared to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors. In McMinnville, the city has attempted to fill this gap through development of a neighborhood-based Community Emergency Response Team.

The city is launching a series of free CERT training sessions, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, and continuing on Tuesday evenings through May 14. The series will be supplemented with a hands-on practical exercise slated for Saturday, May 18.

Classes will be held at the McMinnville Fire Station, downtown at 175 N.E. First St. They will cover disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism.

Participants are required to attend all sessions in order to earn CERT qualification.

When the city has enough responders trained in a given neighborhood, a team is established to serve that area. After the team’s home neighborhood has been taken care of, members can respond to a staging area for deployment to other parts of the city or county.

An enrollment application must be submitted ahead of time. To obtain an application, download one or pick one up at the police or fire station.

Completed applications may be dropped off at the police station or e-mailed to Doug Cummins at

Classes are limited to the first 25 signing up. For more information, contact Cummins at 503-437-2341.

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