NEMCo is a partnership among the cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park, the Northshore Fire Department (NSFD), and the Northshore Utility District (NUD) to maximize each of the participating agencies’ emergency preparedness efforts and resources to serve our community.
NEMCo’s focus is to engage the “whole community” to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters through education and volunteer coordination. NEMCo provides a number of emergency preparedness training opportunities throughout the year for those interested in volunteering or for those who just want to be better prepared at home.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)
RACES consists of amateur radio (ham) operators who may be activated in emergency situations to provide radio communications. They are governed by the rules and regulations (Part 97) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). NEMCo RACES meetings discuss community events, technical issues, recent developments, training, deployments, and other items of interest to the group.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT training is designed to educate and prepare community members about disaster preparedness and train them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light urban search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and other related safety areas. NEMCo provides at least two CERT Academy courses each year. CERT members receive certification that they have attended the course. Members are not authorized to respond on behalf of any agency but may be called upon to supplement and assist existing emergency responders during and after natural or man-made disasters. Typical activities include damage assessment, minor fire suppression, sandbag operations, urban search and rescue, disaster first aid, pet sheltering, points of supply distribution, and being a resource to your neighbors.
Community volunteers make up the remaining NEMCo membership. They often assist in public service events such as fun runs, participate in safety workshops, and contribute to discussions about emergency preparedness. These volunteers may also serve as role players in simulated emergencies, acting out a variety of physical injuries to provide a sense of realism for first responder training. All NEMCo members and the public are welcome to attend and participate in the monthly volunteer meetings.