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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 and other response agencies. CERT trainees will be immersed in a disaster earthquake simulation this Saturday, April 20 beginning 1:00-4:00pm at 90 N. Mountain Ave.
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. Local schools participate by encouraging students to sign up for disaster victim roles. The students are given specific injury roles including life-like characteristics in acting out that role with make-up, fake blood, props, and screaming providing a life-like situation for trainees.  
CERT is a community-based program with a mission and core competency of preparing our community to endure disasters through resiliency only attainable by having the proper understanding of disaster basics and how to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Created in 1999 after the community experienced a severe flood on New Year’s Day 1997. Ashland's CERT program has trained more than 875 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

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