There are 9 new Caldwell County CERT members who have completed their basic training. What an interesting group! The class included men and women, a wide range of ages, and various careers and skills–we even have our very own rocket scientist, construction supervisor, former and current military, a real estate agent, a licensed Ham radio operator, etc. The class discussions were always informative. They are already recruiting friends, neighbors, and coworkers to attend the next CERT class.
We wish to congratulate these new CERT members who are dedicated to the safety of their families, neighborhoods, and community.
- Darrell Pitts
- Jordan Kidwell
- Joy Mann
- Lissa Holsclaw
- Mark Barrera
- Richard Koger
- Ron Kidwell
- Sandra Shytle
- Dr. Joe Resnick
Their class last Saturday was dedicated to learning the skills to safely extricate victims from under a collapsed wall using a technique called cribbing. It was taught by firefighter and paramedic, Kenneth Hall. Rosemary Hall and Shirley Kanode were also instructors for the Basic CERT Course. Here are some photos of the group learning and practicing cribbing skills.
Unfortunately, the Search and Rescue/Wilderness Skills event we had scheduled for Saturday, November 7 has to be cancelled due to the weather. The area we were going to use for the training is full of water and unlikely to dry out before Saturday, which is also likely to be rainy. I will post it when the event is rescheduled.
This video is a good review if you are curious about what role our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) may play in a community emergency, and how our CERT training in safety, search and rescue, triage, first aid, documentation, and Incident Command System would help during a disaster.