Basic CERT Class Completed March 10, 2016

Cribbing 19Caldwell County CERT program has added about 20 new CERT members trained and ready to help our community in the event of an emergency. Thank all of you who have volunteered your time to learn about CERT and your commitment to keeping yourselves, your families, and neighbors safe.

During the basic course, new CERT members learn about the purpose and goals of CERT, command structure, emergency medical operations including first aid and triage, search and rescue, minor fire suppression, utility controls, disaster psychology, and terrorism.

Here are some photos taken during class including a team-building exercise in which small groups had a few minutes to build a four foot tower out of nothing but construction paper and tape. Other photos were taken on the day the class learned about search and rescue including how to use cribbing to raise and stabilize a fallen wall to remove a a victim. Part of the group was assigned as the medical team to assess the victim during the wall removal and provide treatment after he was extricated.

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