Each year, Marin County CERT hosts a Disaster Simulation Exercise, focusing on skills review and practice.
The event has been held for the past 5 years in Southern Marin and San Rafael; this year West Marin was the location with Pt. Reyes National Seashore Park staff acting as hosts. The Planning Team of Anne Sands, Paula Doubleday and Maggie Lang met with Park Staff Eric Peterson, Rebecca Feickert and Will Reina to designate exercise boundaries and location of the exercise components.
Over 50 CERTs from all over Marin participated; the morning was busy with skills review including:
-triage & ‘stop the bleed’ with the help of Marin Medical Reserve Corp members Diane Ayers, Shirley Young and Marty Fraenkel.
-radio protocol with Ann Shores and Milt Davis
-Incident Command System review and role play with Maggie Lang.
The participants put their polished skills to the test in the afternoon as various roles were assumed to simulate an earthquake at the park. Signs were posted to alert park visitors of the drill. Victims placed secretly in the area, some even on the Earthquake Trail, waited to be rescued as search & rescue teams were organized, led by an Incident Command Team. Safety mentors were assigned to each team, including fire personnel from Inverness Fire Department. Victims were rescued and treated in a first aid station, Incident Command managed the deployment of teams and radio protocol was strictly adhered to. Park Rangers Rebecca Feickert and Zane Kesecker were great hosts & mentors. The day provided a good review and we all had fun!
Chief Jim Fox and Firefighter Matt McClaskey, Inverness Fire Department, demonstrate the dangers of downed power lines (note almost invisible power line by Chief Fox’s foot).
Over 50 CERTs from Marin participated in this year’s Annual Simulation Exercise in Pt. Reyes.