TAM High: First Teen CERT Training in Marin

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Tam High School in Mill Valley offered the first high school CERT training in Marin County last month to both students and instructors! We are excited to see our Teen CERT program up and running!

Working with firefighters from Mill Valley Fire, South Marin Fire, Tiburon Fire and Marin County Fire, the CERT students learned the principles of medical triage, fire suppression, light search and rescue, Incident Command System and team organization.

During the 18 hour training, there was lots of hands on practice, which  enabled the CERT students, both high school students & instructors, an opportunity to learn new skills.  The last afternoon’s Disaster Simulation Exercise, an earthquake scenario, provided additional time to practice those skills.

These teachers and students are now a great resource for not only Tam High but their home communities as well. Thank you to Wendy Stratton and Hans Goto, who coordinated the class.

The New CERT Graduates

You can see more photos in the Gallery.

Students and instructors of the CERT class at Tam High with Mill Valley Firefighters Captain Manny Medeiros, Firefighter/Trainee Karl Siegmund and Volunteer Firefighter Drew Betzner.


Student Jacob Siderman marks the door during search and rescue practice with Mill Valley Firefighter, Karl Siegmund looking on.

Marking door

CERT Incident Commander, Liam McCormick, receives report from Search & Rescue Team Leader, Hans Goto, during disaster simulation exercise, as CERT Volunteer, Paula Doubleday, mentors the command staff.

Incident Command

Photo at top of post: Our volunteer “victims” are brought to First Aid Station by CERT Team members Hans Goto and Carol Craft, as First Aider, Liam McCormick, receives report during disaster simulation exercise.


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