Rural Metro and the Greater Green Valley CERT team partnered together with Sahuarita High school to form the first Teen CERT program to be formed in Pima County.
27 students from both Sahuarita and Walden Grove high school graduated from the 8-week program on Tuesday April 10. The graduates they were trained in live saving subjects such as Disaster preparedness, Fire suppression, Medical triage and treatment.
Pam Kulbarsh with the Greater Green Valley CERT team and Captain Dale Jansen with Rural Metro got the program up and running. Pam and Green Valley CERT provided the equipment for the students and Rural Metro provided the instruction.
The final day tested the skills of the students where they had to perform in a mock disaster exercise. In this drill a building was involved in a simulated natural gas explosion that injured up to 12 people. The injuries ranged from minor to life threatening. The students had to size up the situation, secure safety issues, triage and treat all injured until first responders arrived to assist and take over.
The Teen CERT graduates will continue their training by participating in ongoing monthly training with both Greater Green Valley CERT and Rural Metro in order to keep their skills sharp for any unforeseen disasters which we hope will never happen.
CERT, Community Emergency Response Team, grew out of the natural desire to help others during and after a disaster. The first people on most any scene after a disaster are survivors who want to help. The primary objective of Teen CERT is to keep you and your family safe before and during a disaster, and to help your family and neighbors after a disaster strikes.
Teen CERT moves you from victim to survivor to responder.
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