The fifth-annual “Backpack Class” is back for 2019!
Whether you have some new gear to show off or you just want to get ideas on what to put in your pack, this is the event for you.
Join us at Station 5 on March 6th, 6:30 PM for the backpack pow-wow. Captain Clamon’s team (5A) will be joining us to provide their insight and expertise. Bring a folding/collapsible chair if you don’t want to sit on the floor.
Fire Station 5 is located at the intersection of McDermott and Shallowater Dr
Learn what it takes to be an Allen firefighter during this free, 8-week course. The 2019 Citizens Fire Academy will be held March 21-May 9 with a packed itinerary of hands-on training. Participants can ride along with firefighters, operate a fire hose, learn CPR, wear firefighting gear and more! Watch this video and you’ll want to sign up right away!
Classes are held Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m at the Ron Gentry Training Center (310 Century Parkway). Participants may also attend optional Saturday sessions on March 30 and April 27. The class is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in the City of Allen.
Applications are available online and may be mailed or delivered to Allen Fire Department Administrative Offices (310 Century Parkway, Allen TX 75013) or faxed to 214.509.4410. All applications must be received by Friday, March 1. For additional information, please contact Linda Greenidge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.509.4413.
The 11th annual Eagle Run is just around the corner and CERT is ready to assist! We are always looking for a large group of volunteers to pull this off so if you’re looking for a way to serve the community and have fun doing it, you’ll want to sign up for the one.
Keep reading for registration and briefing info
While we do not expect any changes in the overall plan, there is always room for adjustments and improvements in our parking/pedestrian tactics. For that reason, we will be meeting on February 27th, 7:00 PM, at La Madeleine – which is 30 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting – to review the logistics of this year’s event.
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In case you missed it, the Allen Fire Department is hosting free CPR training classes throughout 2019. These classes are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Municipal Services Center (SW corner of Bethany and Greenville).
If you would like to take the class with fellow CERT members, Tammy Ingram has organized a private class for CERT and CFA alumni that will be held in July. We will have registration instructions in late spring if you would like to join the group class.
To take the training on your own, you can register here.
To hear Chief Boyd discuss the program, click here.
Join us at La Madeleine Monday, January 7th, at 7:00 PM to participate in a group event planning meeting. Our goal will be to schedule as many 2019 events as possible while mitigating conflicts with City, School, and personal calendars.
Bring laptop if you can – this will be a group working session!
The 2019 Collin County SKYWARN training from the National Weather Service will be held January 19th, 2019 at the Conference Center at Collin College in McKinney.
Morning Session: 8:30am – 1130am // Basic SKYWARN training
Afternoon Session: 12:45pm – 4:30pm // Advanced SKYWARN training
Conference Center at Collin College in McKinney
Community Ave & Taylor Burk Dr, McKinney, TX 75071
What you get
NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, school, churches, and nursing homes or have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:
- Basics of thunderstorm development
- Fundamentals of storm structure
- Identifying potential severe weather features
- Information to report
- How to report information
- Basic severe weather safety
The City of Allen will be hosting this semi-annual cleanup event at City Hall this Saturday and have called on Allen CERT again to assist with traffic and crowd management. Volunteers will need to arrive at 7:00 AM and the event runs until 2:00 PM or until the line disappears.
This is a fun and face-paced event that is sure to increase your confidence in handling traffic and radio communications. Lunch is also provided: Burgers and hot dogs on the grill!
We need a minimum of 8 (eight) volunteers to pull this off so let’s show the City we can deliver.
The end-of-year marathon is back and Allen Parks & Recreation have asked us to return. This year’s marathon takes place on December 1st, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We first joined this event last year with the role of monitoring the race course at specified checkpoints and communicating any problems to race course officials. We manage two races: a .5k “fun run” and a 5k that snakes through downtown and up Cedar Drive.
Our role will be similar this year if not expanded. If you are looking to leverage your amateur radio capabilities, this is the event for you. Sign up below to reserve your spot on the team.
We did it – we are in the parade this year!
The Allen Rotary Club Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 2nd and begins at 2:00 PM. The parade runs through downtown Allen, beginning near First Baptist Church and ending near the Heritage Village. The details for our display are still being worked out but we want a big presence for our first ever participation. Let’s show our community that Allen CERT is here and ready to serve.
If you are interested in representing Allen CERT in this year’s parade, please sign up below and we will include you in necessary communications.
A few exciting volunteer and training opportunities have been added to the CERT calendar! Sign up is enabled below each event detail.
Allen Recycles Day
Nov 3, 0700 – 1300
The City of Allen will be hosting this semi-annual cleanup event at City Hall next month and have called on Allen CERT again to assist with traffic and crowd management.
Dec 1, 0600 – 1000
The end-of-year marathon is back and Allen Parks & Recreation have asked us to return. We first joined this event last year with the role of monitoring the race course at specified checkpoints and communicating any problems to race course officials. Our role will be similar this year if not expanded. If you are looking to leverage your amateur radio capabilities, this is the event for you.
Allen Rotary Christmas Parade
Dec 2, 1300 – 1600
We did it – we are in the parade this year! The details are still being worked out but we want a big presence for our first ever participation in Allen’s Christmas Parade. Let’s show our community that Allen CERT is here and ready to serve.