Thursday, November 26, 2020

CERT Graduation Drill 2014

The 2014 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class wrapped up on Thursday, March 13th, with 11 participants graduating from the program. During the eight week class, participants learned about fire safety and utility controls, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, CERT organization and Terrorism. The CERT program develops a ready force of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operate at the neighborhood level. Experience has shown that in a disaster setting, ordinary citizens make over 80% of successful rescues as they respond to the emergency in their community. However, many untrained volunteer rescuers may actually cause harm or become injured in the process. cert 4

The class culminated with a final exercise designed to simulate a building collapse, similar to what CERT team members could encounter in the field. Team members established an incident command structure and then went to work on the scenario which required them to make entry to conduct search and rescue. Realism was added to their efforts through the use of volunteer victims. Their cries for help provided an incredible level of realism to the exercise. Upon finding victims in the building, team members performed a head-to-toe assessment and provided initial treatment for any simulated injuries. Victims were then triaged and evacuated to a medical operations area. cert 6

The graduates performed admirably during this exercise and will be a great asset to the community’s preparedness efforts in the future. The drill would not have been possible without our volunteers that participated.

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CERT Class Learns About Disaster Medical Operations

The 2013 Southlake CERT Class reached the halfway point on Wednesday night as participants finished up the Disaster Medical Operations module. As part of the module, CERT members participated in an exercise  where they learned how to set up a disaster medical treatment area and conduct triage to assess and treat the needs of individuals that may be injured due to a disaster. These valuable skills make CERT members an important asset of our community, especially when disaster strikes

The eight-week CERT program develops a ready force of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operate at the neighborhood level. Experience has shown that in a disaster setting, ordinary citizens make over 80% of successful rescues as they respond to the emergency in their community. However, many untrained volunteer rescuers may actually cause harm or become injured in the process.

During the  class, participants learn about fire safety and utility controls, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, CERT organization and terrorism. The class wraps up on February 27, 2013. For more information about CERT, visit the City of Southlake CERT page.