On Saturday, June 8, 20 community members completed the Late Spring iteration of the Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  The three-day course included classroom training and practical exercises, and culminated in a full mass-casualty exercise.

The Late Spring 2019 AAACERT Basic CERT Course participants after the Mass-Casualty Exercise

One week prior, the students participated in a triage exercise, coming face to face with AAACERT members simulating injuries after a storm hit a classroom.  They quickly learned the value of the simulation, as they had to deal with patients who had been instructed by evaluators to be uncooperative.

In the June 8 exercise, the students were met with an entire compound full of simulated injuries; the victims in this drill were wearing moulage, courtesy of Kim Reyes, to make the simulation feel lifelike.  Simulating victims of a tornado, AAACERT members playing the role of victims were again displaying uncooperative, anxious behavior and doing their best to make it an authentic experience. The students successfully assessed the situation, evaluating and treating the victims, as well as handling unexpected scenarios the team staged.

Note: Some photos here are graphic and contain realistic (but simulated) injuries.

Anne Arundel and Annapolis CERT (AAACERT) hosts basic training multiple times per year. The course provides students with fundamental skills to respond to the community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster when emergency services are not immediately available. Alone, these basic skills allow people to help themselves, their families, and others. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the simple techniques in this course.

More information about the next CERT Basic Training can be found on the website: https://www.aaacert.org/training/cert-basic-training/

All photos submitted by volunteers and used with permission.