Step By Step Through An Academy Graduation

Participants should bring their CERT bag. A good pair of gloves is essential. Eye protection and a dusk mask are helpful when using the fire extinguisher. Wear comfortable shoes, boots are best - no sandals or open toe shoes. Bring sunscreen. Kneepads can be helpful as is a flashlight.

Arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 to allow time to find parking, sign in and get your CERT helmet.

From 10 to noon, the class is divided into groups which rotate through 4 different stations.

The medical station paramedic reviews triage...

...instructs how to apply a pressure bandage...

...and then you try it.

The fire hose station explains the capabilities of the engine...

...the different hoses and what the fire fighter must be aware of ...

...and then you try it.

The cribbing station reviews the principles...

...and then you try it.

The fire suppression station reviews the use of fire extinguishers...

...and then you try it.

This is followed by a chance to sit down and enjoy a lunch provided by the Fire Department.

Water and sodas are also provided during the day.

After lunch the groups are assigned specific tasks to perform during the disaster exercises: fire suppression, search and rescue, medical operations and triage. Remember safety and teamwork.

A briefing explains the disaster scenario and what is expected.

Remember your cribbing skills to rescue this victim.

Get the fire out.

Setting up the triage area. Identify and treat burns, fractures and impalement.

Remember "RPM" to properly triage this burn victim.

Have the walking wounded been moved from the scene? Now transport this "immediate".

The teams rotate to another task and one more exercise takes place. The day usually ends by 3:00 after the presentations and photos!

After the exercise. What went well? What could be done better?

Smiles all around. Graduation!!

A sincere thanks goes to the Redondo Beach Fire Department,
the victim volunteers and the Alumni Association for making this a terrific experience.