Training and Events
Preparedness Starts with You!
The City, Bainbridge Island Fire District, and Bainbridge Prepares, are currently offering a number of training opportunities and preparedness events at low or no cost to you. These offerings are designed to provide you with the skills and resources you need to keep yourself, family and pets safe in the event of an emergency or disaster. The more prepared we are at home, the more resilient we are as a community!
Course Descriptions for Recurring Training Opportunities:
Wilderness First Responder (WFR): This training will be offered twice a year. It is an 80 hour hybrid course (online and classroom) and is considered the standard medical certification for those serving as the first point of care in remote environments. Registration is required for this course.
Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness: This 90-minutes class covers 72-hour Go Bags, family reunification plans, and neighborhood mapping. Participants also take part in exercises that foster thoughtful conversation about disaster planning and identification of threats unique to our community.
Until Help Arrives: This 3-hour class is designed to provide basic skills to keep people with life-threatening injuries alive until professional responders arrive. Registration is not required for this course.
Verbal De-Escalation Training: This course provides skills that can help diffuse stress, strengthen relationships, and bring greater sense of support and peace to others during times of disaster and crisis. Registration is not required for this course.
Initial Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training: This training is offered twice a year on Bainbridge Island - once in the spring and once in the fall. It is open to Bainbridge Island residents only. It is conducted by Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM). CERT training covers the following functions: basic disaster preparation, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization and the Incident Command System (ICS), disaster psychology, and terrorism. Classes are generally 2.5 hours in length. Registration is required for this course.
Refresher CERT Training: This training is offered several times throughout the year. It is open to active members of the Bainbridge Island CERT Team only.
Psychological First Aid/Self Care: This foundational course, offered by Bainbridge Prepares, provides techniques and methods in providing important emotional support to our neighbors, family and friends during times of crisis and disaster. Registration is required for this course.