Mass Casualty/Triage Class Report

We attended a great CERT class last night to learn more about “Mass Casualties and Triage.” The instructor, Cecil Teeters, was awesome. Eighteen of us learned how to quickly triage a large number of victims using the START method (Simple Triage and Rapid Transport) in addition to using SMART Triage tags. We quickly evaluated victims using respiration (<30 per minute), perfusion (capillary refill on nail bed in 2 seconds or less), and mental status (can respond to simple questions and commands.) After the class room presentation and videos, we practiced what we learned in the parking lot using Teddy Bear victims. Emergency managers believe trained, non-medical folks like CERT volunteers are good for triage since we are less likely to be tempted to stop and treat victims. The class was interesting, fun, and gave us some practical skills.

Instructor Cecil Teeters

Instructor Cecil Teeters

Deceased Victim

Deceased Victim

Re-evaluating triage categories

Re-evaluating triage categories

Preparing to transport victims in the yellow, group 2 category

Preparing to transport victims in the yellow, group 2 category

Transportation Officer giving assignments

Transportation Officer giving assignments

If you are a Caldwell County CERT member and wish to register for one or both of these classes, please send an email with the names of those in your party and which classes you wish to attend to If you are not a CERT member, please RSVP directly to the email addresses listed in the class descriptions.

Dave Grossman

The Bulletproof Mind

Thursday, May 2, 2013 9:00am-4:00pm
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, Lenoir, NC
1913 Hickory Blvd SE, Lenoir, NC 28645

Target Audience: Law Enforcement, Military, First Responders, Emergency Management, Fire, AND Chaplains, Pastors, and Mental Health providers that support these groups.
Please email if you will be attending (unless you are a Caldwell County CERT member).

National Institute for Crisis Response Training
Caldwell Co Leaders for Change


Lt. Col. Grossman is in great demand and charges thousands for his all-day mind training sessions. And they’re worth every penny since no price is too high for survival or for protecting your family. But you have a unique opportunity to get a full day with Lt. Col. Grossman at no charge to Caldwell and Avery County residents.

Recommended for: Law Enforcement, Military, first Responders, Emergency Management, Fire, and Chaplains, Pastors, and Mental Health providers that support these groups.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. He is the author of On Killing, a groundbreaking book nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and required reading for U.S. Marines and FBI trainees. Police officers and soldiers know all about maintaining physical readiness for combat, but it is the mind that must first be properly prepared, the mind which controls the hands, arms, eyes, and ears. with our Nation’s leading expert on the topic, Col. Dave Grossman.

From him, you’ll learn how the body responds to lethal combat, what happens to your blood flow, your muscles, your judgment, memory, vision, and hearing when someone is trying to kill you. You’ll learn how to keep going even if you’re shot, and how to prepare your mind for survival instead of defeat.¬† Dave Grossman’s training is not merely information – it is armor you’ll carry throughout your life.

To do, for the mind and the spirit, what body armor does for the torso.

Please email if you will be attending (unless you are a Caldwell County CERT member).

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill

Recommended for Parents, School Personnel, and Community Leaders

Friday, May 3, 2013

8:30-11:30 am

The Life Center

1925 Valway Road, Lenoir NC 28645

Renowned speaker and Pulitzer-nominated author, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman will provide training to local parents, educators, and community leaders on the causes of aggression and bullying in our schools, the link between mass killings and violent media, and what we can do in the home, school and community to keep our kids safe.

The Caldwell Leaders for Change, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Lenoir Police Department, and Caldwell County Schools are sponsoring this even at no cost to participants.

Please RSVP to Tina Brookes at (unless you are a member of Caldwell County CERT).