Marin County CERT’s most recent class has completed its citizen first responder training in Mill Valley last weekend. Students from around the County learned how to help their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster. With images of the recent Napa earthquake still fresh in everyone’s minds, these Marin residents were serious about their training, as they practiced with fire extinguishers, learned basic first aid, and practiced safe techniques for lifting and transporting an injured person.

Cribbing: Search & Rescue Skills

Trainees learn cribbingThe class worked with Marin County firefighters to learn how to “crib”, the process of lifting an object to extract a person. For the exercise, we used one of the CERT mannquins. Often the object is very heavy and not possible to move, even with a lot of people. In the CERT exercise, the object is lifted slightly with crow bars, and pieces of wood are layered under the object, raising it slowly and safely.

Ladders

Ladder carry demonstration

You might think you know how to use a ladder, but the demonstration by the County firefighters on how to carry a ladder, properly position it against a building and work with a partner for safety was invaluable.

Ready to Go

The new CERTs are now resources for their neighborhoods and home communities. With their new skills and enthusiasm, this group is better prepared and engaged in case of a disaster. We encourage all CERT graduates to continue their training with first aid and CPR classes, advanced trainings, more simulations, and to volunteer to assist in other County CERT classes.

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To learn more, visit the CERT page.