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CERT Trains for Disaster

ASHLAND, Ore. — Crews in Ashland spent their day learning how to save people in a disaster.

The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, held a disaster simulation at the Ashland Public Works yard.

Team members practiced how to find patients in an emergency, how to apply first aid, and how to extinguish a fire. It’s a part of a full 24 hours of work that includes both classroom time and hands-on experience.

CERT organizers say it’s important volunteers know what to do in case of an earthquake or other disaster.

“Our Community Emergency Response Team members are trained to go in, help triage, help transport, help treat patients, find patients, and rescue patients from debris,” said coordinator Terri Eubanks.

The CERT team holds its trainings twice per year.