November 13, 2012

I am now a CERT responder

The test was a lot of fun. We had 21 volunteers who were made up (moulage) with various injuries — everything from a good whack to the head to an impalement and various broken bones, twisted ankles, etc… to liven things up a bit.

These volunteers were scattered through a two-story building that is used by the college for maintenance so there were a lot of small tractors and other machinery scattered around. The lights were off, we were told that there had been a severe earthquake, we divided into four teams and went in. A couple other people stayed back in the classroom to set up medical treatment area and to establish an incident command post. We would do this for 30 minutes and then swap positions around so everyone got to do everything.

Very unnerving because the volunteers were really hamming it up — crying out in pain and trying to distract us from our search, triage and rescue but the observers said that we did really well.

It has been an amazing nine weeks. I'll be going for the Red Cross medical training next.

Posted by DaveH at November 13, 2012 09:47 PM
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