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!

Customized preparedness presentations for your business, school, community group, church, etc. are available upon request by contacting Anne LeSage, Emergency Management Coordinator. 

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. Next class: TBD, Summer/Fall 2022.

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.

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 once or twice a year on Bainbridge Island. It is open to Bainbridge Island residents, 18 and up. CERT training covers the following modules: 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. Next class: March & April 2022. Classes will be taught on Zoom and a final skills day will be held in-person at the end of class. Final date TBD. Sign up here: Bainbridge Island CERT Basic Training Spring 2022 Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite 

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.

Amateur (Ham) Radio Licensing Class: This class is offered twice a year, generally a full day Saturday and Sunday, with the licensing exam at the end of the second day. Once you have your license, ongoing training and exercises are available. To be notified when the next class is scheduled, please fill out the form on this page:

Follow the Bainbridge Prepares Eventbrite page for the most current listings:

Additional trainings and presentations are posted on the Bainbridge Prepares YouTube page here: Bainbridge Prepares - YouTube