The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) grew a bit larger this month with the addition of new crop of graduates from C.E.R.T. training.
As part of the graduation requirements, prospective C.E.R.T. members participated in a mock disaster drill at Ft. Yargo State Park on April 10. Team members had the opportunity to demonstrate the skills acquired during weeks of training. As part of the drill, team members assisted public safety officials who had been called to respond to a micro burst.
“This drill is the culmination of their initial training for the C.E.R.T. team,” said C.E.R.T. public information officer Connie Keener.
During the drill, the students practiced skills including search and rescue, victim extrication, fire safety, triage and first aid.
Members of Barrow County Emergency Services and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office evaluated the exercise. The Sheriff’s Explorers also participated in the training.
C.E.R.T. members expressed their gratitude to the staff at Ft. Yargo for allowing the drill to be held in the park.
“It's truly amazing to have so many people taking their free time to support this effort in our community,” said Janet Jeanes, president of the Barrow County C.E.R.T. “Thanks should go to all that participated in this event.”
For more information about the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (770) 868-7270.