Fire District 13, Swinomish Tribe recruiting CERT members


March 16, 2022

NEW GEAR KEEPS FIREFIGHTER SAFE- A $22,000 gift from the Marathon Petroleum Foundation to Fire District 13 replaced personal protective equipment up to 20 years old. Looking good are, from left, Fire Chief Wood Weiss, Georgia Pontiff, Makinzie Lott, Cole Harris, Paden Holmberg, Duane Dent and Andrew Schram. -Photo courtesy of Ryan Hiller, FD 13

Local emergency response volunteers will sport less gray hair if a recruitment drive by Skagit County Fire District 13 and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is successful.

An effort by the tribe and fire district to grow the ranks of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) was announced by Capt. Ted Taylor during the monthly District 13 hybrid meeting Friday morning, March 11.

Swinomish Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Geer is leading the effort.

“Brian is way out in front on this in terms of bringing more people, young people, into CERT,” Taylor said. “He is recruiting at...

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