Diane Ayers is our CERT Volunteer of the Year and has assisted the program for almost 4 years! She maintains the San Rafael CERT database, helps with all details of the classes and according to the County Coordinator is “one of the nicest people I know”!
Diane tells us a bit about herself: “I graduated from UCSF with a Bachelor in Science in Nursing in 1977, and worked at UCSF since 1976, 37 years total, 36 as an RN in the Adult Med Surg in ICU. I joined Marin Medical Reserve Corp (MMRC) in 2005, but didn’t become active until I retired from UCSF in 2013. I am currently an assistant division leader for the San Rafael branch of the MMRC, working with Shirley Young”.
When did you take the CERT training & why? I took CERT in April of 2014. I actually started volunteering with CERT in September of 2013 when Kirk Dominic asked then-Program Manager of the MMRC, Brian Waterbury, for some volunteer help with the San Rafael database.
What did you learn from CERT training? My favorite part was learning how to use the fire extinguishers!! I also like the Search and Rescue. We use ICS in MMRC too, so it was helpful to see it in “action” during the simulations.
What suggestions would you pass on to your CERT colleagues? Pack your Go-bags! Check out the ReadyMarin website for resources. Volunteer as a victim in CERT classes, I learned a lot by doing this!
Diane receives a Certificate of Appreciation at the last San Rafael CERT meeting in February.