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FHS students are first teen members of Community Emergency Response Team


FHS students are first teen members of Community Emergency Response Team
Beth Thiele and Frank Dickey, Teen CERT instructors, congratulate Floresville High School Teen CERT graduates (back, from left) Alex Eckert, Colin Hayden, Tommy Johnson, Cody Trevino, Zach Riley, (front) Jonathan Gaudlitz, Skylar Dailey, Chandler Casey, Kayla Lowery, Ray Contreras, and Corene Studstill.


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(Revised 3/1/13) Eleven Floresville High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets have become the first teenagers in Wilson County to be certified as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members. The Teen CERT program educates teens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, members can assist others in their school, neighborhood, or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Members also are encouraged to support emergency- response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Before hands-on training and certification, the 11 cadets enrolled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security CERT program independent study course by successfully completing five on-line modules. They received 16 hours of training on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, followed by a mass casualty exercise held at the high school.
 

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