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CERT Disaster Scenario December 8, 2012
The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The training took place at the Coos Bay Fire Station #1 over the last several weeks.
The final part of CERT Training ends in a realistic Disaster Scenario that will test what CERT Trainees have learned over the twenty-two hour program. The drill will include simulated earthquake damage, fire, smoke and injured victims.
Selected trainees will engage in Urban Search and Rescue that will have injured people placed in several locations near the Command Post close to downtown Coos Bay. Trainees will be required to search out and treat the actors/victims who will be inflicted with simulated serious injuries and will play out the reaction that comes with an injury. CERT instructors will be close by victims to observe and record the reaction and response of trainees.
CERT is supported and monitored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizen Corps, Coos County Emergency Management, Southwestern Oregon Public Safety Association, Oregon Emergency Management, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Fire and Police Agencies.