By Lee Race
Special to the Star
It certainly was hot and humid at the training center recently but we were able to finish up CERT training and stage an interesting and educational disaster. Attached is a graduation photo.
We have been posting photos on our Facebook page as well (facebook.com/CERTplus). I hope that the following may be of interest to you and your readers. I continue to be impressed with the generosity of Millington in hosting and presenting this free event.
On Saturday, June 13, 12 students graduated from Millington’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Under the direction of Lt. Ted Dent with the Millington Fire Department, citizens participated in 16 hours of training on preparing for an emergency, fire suppression, basic medical concerns, light search and rescue, terrorism, disaster psychology and team organization.
Trainers included a team from CERTPlus, a local non-profit dedicated to teaching emergency preparedness. Lessons ended with a mock disaster at the Millington Training Center. Former graduates acted as victims to make the scenario more realistic.
The department has been offering two CERT classes a year and takes applications through the Millington Fire Department or on-line at www.certplustraining.org.