April is a noticeable time of transition from storms to calmer weather, dark to brighter skies, short to longer days, flower buds opening to bright and colorful flowers, warm coats and jackets replaced by sweaters, doldrums convert to outdoor activities and is a time when those of faith celebrate various life journeys. April has so much to boost a spring in our step.
Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs has completed a very successful 2017 Winter CERT Training Session. On Saturday, March 11th sixteen participants completed the 20-hour series of classes culminating with several hands-on exercises: extinguishing fires, cribbing, medical triage, bandaging to control bleeding, splinting to immobilize injuries, search and rescue in the very dark training tower, and students being mentored in field to incident command center radio communications. Each student rotated in and around various areas at CCFD Fire Station 37 where several Millbrae CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers assisted as incident victims and mentors. Skills as team leaders, delegation of tasks, developing and implementing an incident plan, reporting to the EOC and documentation completion skills completed the training.
Following a buffet luncheon sixteen students received Certificates of Completion during a Graduation ceremony. Four additional students will each receive their certificate after making-up 1 or 2 classes.
The Millbrae Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is very close to achieving 200 community volunteers trained and prepared for duty when called to action as disasters occur.
The City of Millbrae CERT Leadership Team under the direction of our local CERT Volunteer Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri acknowledges with gratitude the CCFD Firefighter Training Staff, CCFD Office Staff, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for their Staff to implement EOC standards/improvements and class instruction. Along with our numerous volunteers the 2017 Training Session was a huge success! You may click on the below link to view the Skills Day Graduating Class, Staff and Volunteers. Photo taken by Millbrae CERT Volunteer Robert Morris.
The spring in our step transitions from training to deployment as SILVER DRAGON XI TAKES PLACE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH. 10 Cities, fire, police, CERT SMC OES, SMC Health Department and the SMC Mosquito and Vector will participate in the “Operation Zika” exercise. Our Emergency Preparedness Volunteers will have the opportunity to further practice emergency response training and check our readiness to be deployed to provide assistance to our Millbrae community or San Mateo County. This is THE major deployment in the year. This is a much needed and most valued event a community can participate in. Please refer to the email our Coordinator Dino DeRanieri emailed out to volunteers on Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:22PM – all information is detailed. PLEASE let Dino know ASAP with your availability: email@example.com We’ll need “all hands on deck” to make Millbrae CERT great again.
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