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Volunteers Participate in CERT Training

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Washoe County's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has put more than 1,200 people through its academy in the last 8 years.

And Saturday morning, dozens more continued that training. The goal is to get citizens ready for just about anything.

"They come back and they've had a good experience. They know what to do and how to do it," says Roy Bain, a CERT Training Safety Officer.  

The county says there are 13 types of disasters in our area.

"Everything from major earthquake, of course, wildland fires, floods, severe weather," says Betsy Hambleton with the county.

Volunteers are put through 26 hours of training over the course of two weeks. Once they join a CERT team, they are called upon to help the county.

Last year, 500 of those volunteers contributed more than 16,000 hours of service.

"That really saved the sheriff's office about $300,000 in the form of free volunteers who were able to help out," says Hambleton.

Volunteers may join a CERT team after the academy, but they say this training is something that everybody needs to know.

"Imagine if someone was hurt, like they had a broken leg," says Rowan Gingery. "Most people don't know how to do it. CERT, they also help teach you how to splint it, how to do a head to toe assessment, see what's wrong."

No doubt about it, this is knowledge they'll use in the future.

"These types of emergencies, they actually happen to real people, everywhere, everyday," says Rex Crouch.

For more information: www.wcsovolunteer.org

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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