The first CERT training class was held on September 12. We currently have 25 area residents enrolled, and several more listed for the Spring, 2019 session. If you are interested in emergency response training, please contact us at CERT@PilchuckFoundation.org
The CERT training and supply needs are being met in part by the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management and the Granite Falls Fire District #17. More help is needed. If you would like to make a directed donation to help with purchasing supplies and training needs, click on the link below! The Pilchuck Foundation has a dedicated line item for grants to the Granite Falls Fire District #17 for CERT. Thank you for your support!
2019 CERT RECRUITMENT! The Pilchuck Foundation is coordinating recruitment for a local Certified Emergency Response Team. Existing CERT trained members of the community are invited to contact us by either calling 360-925-6069 or emailing us at info@PilchuckFoundation.org. If you are interested in CERT training, please contact us. Training will be coordinated with the Granite Falls Fire District.
In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019 volunteers completed CERT training and are ready to assist our first responders whenever needed. Our next class will be held in the Fall of 2019.
At this point, citizens over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate. CERT trained individuals are critical to supporting local fire and law enforcement in the event of a major disaster or other emergency.
This is an excerpt from the national CERT program:
“The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
At the same time, the CERT program was designed as a grassroots initiative and specifically structured so that the local and state program managers have the flexibility to form their programs in the way that best suits their communities. CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly, and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.”
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Are you and your family prepared for an emergency or disaster? Stop by the fire district at 116 S. Granite Avenue to pick up free information and an emergency planning guide.
2014 UPDATE: THANK YOU voters for renewing the existing EMS Levy!
The Pilchuck Foundation supports renewing the existing EMS Levy. Almost 75% of the calls Chief Jim Haverfield and our trained firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond to are MEDICAL in nature. As a community, we rely on these first responders to save time, money, and lives. The rate will remain the same as it has since 1993, of $.50 per $1000 of assessed property valuation.
The levy pays for supplies, medical equipment, and the programs needed to protect us. The Granite Falls Fire Department operations with a balanced budget and an outstanding financial audit history.
PLEASE VOTE YES in the November 4, 2014 election to renewing the existing EMS Levy and making it permanent.
Thank you for helping keep Granite Falls a safe place to live, work, learn, and play!
We are grateful for our dedicated first responders! Fortunately, our fire district is well equipped and highly trained. We look forward to seeing a new fire station built, to be located across the street from the Granite Falls Public Library on E. Galena.
From the Granite Falls Fire District #17 website: www.gffd17.org
The firefighters staff three ambulances, three fire engines, an automobile rescue unit and a water tender from two fire stations. Station 87, built in the early 1900’s and located in downtown Granite Falls serves as the headquarters fire station. Station 86 opened in 2001 and is located in the southwest portion of the District near the intersection of 84th Street NE and 163rd Avenue NE. Station 86 is home to resident firefighters and is currently staffed on weekends and holidays.
In addition to providing emergency response, Fire District 17 also provides a wide range of fire prevention and public education services including CPR and First Aid training, home address markers, free smoke detectors, batteries, and bicycle or skateboard helmets for people that need them but cannot afford them.