Citizen’s Police Academy, CERT Training Starting in March At SeaTac City Hall

Two programs aimed at helping citizens understand how police and emergency services personnel work are starting in March:

Together with Burien and SeaTac Police Services, a program was designed to increase the understanding between citizens and their Police Departments through education. This is an unforgettable experience and it’s completely free for anyone who lives or works in the cities of Burien and SeaTac.

The Citizen’s Academy is a 12-week session that is conducted on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snacks are provided. Fill out an application and send it to:

CSO Nicki Maraulja
14905 6th Ave. SW
Burien, WA 98166

The next Citizen’s Academy training will be held March 14 – May 30, 2012 at:

SeaTac City Hall
4800 S 188th Street
SeaTac, WA

To find out more information, please call (206) 296-3333.

The training is a Citizen Corp and FEMA supported curriculum and promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve.

The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic preparation and response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

For more information or to register for CERT, contact Community Service Officer Mechee Burnett at (206) 973-4917 or fill out an application and mail it to:

SeaTac Police Services
RE: CERT Training
4800 S. 188 St.
SeaTac, WA 98188

The training sessions are held twice a year in the spring and fall. The sessions require approximately 20 hours to complete. There is a minimal fee for tools supplied to students, enabling them to build their own emergency response kit.

The next CERT training will be held on March 15, 2012 at:

SeaTac City Hall
4800 S 188th Street
SeaTac, WA

Training Topics:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Triage
  • Treating life threatening injuries
  • Assessment, treatment, and hygiene
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster psychology
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Practical final exercise


2 Responses to “Citizen’s Police Academy, CERT Training Starting in March At SeaTac City Hall”
  1. Pam F. says:

    Aside from the insight into police services that is gained from the Citizen’s Police Academy, including the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of police services, and the safety procedures learned in CERT, it is also an opportunity to meet others from the community who share your interest in these classes whom you may not have otherwise come in contact with.

    Over the years, I graduated from both of these programs, and when I attended it was wonderful. One of my favorite sessions from the Citizen’s Academy was the firing range. But I was also impressed by the passion and dedication of the department speakers.

    The mock disaster exercises at the end of the CERT clases give a new appreciation of the work our fire services perform.

    I hope you are able to attend!

    • I wholeheartedly agree with Pam’s comments.

      I went through both CERT and Citizen’s Academy. It was very informative and I appreciate what our public servants; police officers and fire fighters do even more now after learning in greater detail how and why they serve.

      I highly recommend these courses to all citizens. Tell them that Victoria Allen recommended you attend. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

      Thank you city of SeaTac, Burien, and Tukwila for offering these courses.

      One of my favorite classes was the firing range too! Just like it was for Pam.

      The police department and fire department staff are outstanding.