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Community Disaster Preparedness Training

Ashland’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) continues to highlight civic engagement with well-trained, highly prepared volunteers willing and capable of supporting Ashland Fire & Rescue’s response missions. CERT trainees were immersed in a disaster simulation on Saturday, October 20, incorporating the classroom skills taught throughout the past two weeks into a mock disaster incident. 
 
The simulated incident emulates an eruption of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Trainees will need to use the knowledge and skills obtained during the free intensive training to rescue the injured, treat injuries, transport injured safely, and assist patients with coping and with extended care as if it were a true disaster. Disaster victims have a role and will provided life-like characteristics in acting out that role with make-up, fake blood, props, and screaming.
 
Created in 1999 after the community experienced a severe flood on New Year day 1997, Ashland's CERT program has trained more than 830 volunteers to be better prepared during disaster, making Ashland's CERT program one of the most successful in the nation, according to CERT officials. 
For more information contact Ashland CERT at 541-552-2226   www.ashlandcert.org
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