Recently about twenty-five members in our HOSA chapter had the privilege of participating in CERT training. This training was held at our school, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, on December 9th from 2:30pm to 6:30pm and on December 10th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
On the first day of training (December 9th) members learned about the different types of disasters, how to make disaster plans, and the many different operations within a CERT. In addition to this, participants learned about the different types of structural damages, disaster psychology, and how to perform triage. Then, on the second day of training (December 10th) members were able to practice lifts and carries to perform in an emergency situation, such as a chair carry, a blanket carry, and a one person pack strap carry. Also participants learned how to splint a closed fracture on an arm, perform a head-to-toe assessment, control bleeding, and open the airway with a head-tilt chin-lift.
Lastly at the end of the day members had the opportunity to practice extinguishing a small fire as in an emergency situation. As well for completing this CERT training participants were given a CERT bag with items to help one and others in an emergency situation, such as rope, bandages, a flashlight, water, and a compass. All in all, our HOSA members learned a lot about how to help others within their community in an emergency situation and were given the tools needed to help their community.