New series of free fire safety classes in Monroe

MONROE — As winter weather begins to assail the county, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue is offering a free online disaster preparedness class.
The hour-long Zoom session begins at 6 p.m. Wed., Jan. 11. Anyone age 13 and older can participate, but they must pre-register online at
The class will discuss steps to take before, during, and after emergencies such as flooding, landslides, ice storms, earthquakes, and wildfires.
It’s the first of four such Wednesday Zoom classes Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue will host this year. The others are slated for 6-7 p.m. April 12, July 12, and Oct. 11.
Two more free Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue Zoom classes will address Home Fire Safety and Aging in Place. Aging sessions start Feb. 8; Fire Safety sessions begin March 8.
The Aging class is geared toward older adults or family members who care for their elderly loved ones. It discusses fall prevention tips, medication safety, and fire safety.
“Preventing emergencies before emergencies happen is a key of ours,” said Peter Mongillo, Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue spokesman. “Prevention is huge.”
The Fire Safety classes will address smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire and injury prevention, and evacuation and escape planning.
Elderly citizens are more at risk during home fires because their reaction time has slowed down while flames spread faster than ever, Mongillo said.
Though Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue has done a handful of in-person classes since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will continue the online sessions to reach a wider demographic, Mongillo said.
Pre-registration is available now.
For more information, phone 360-794-7666 or email