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Students Assist with CERT Training Mock Disaster

Published on November 14, 2014 by Karen Newmeyer

Written by Melissa Urquhart, medical assistant and medical administrative assistant program chair

Broadview University-Orem students in the medical assistant (MA) and medical administrative assistant (MAA) programs participated in a mock emergency drill for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT training is an eight week course that culminates in a mock disaster. The goal of CERT training is to prepare people within the community to respond safely and efficiently during an actual disaster.

CERT seeks to provide volunteers the knowledge and training to assist people within a community for the first three days following a disaster. After a major disaster it can be difficult for EMT and other first responders to get to the scene due to a variety of factors, including debris clogged or damaged roads.

The drill allows CERT trainees to put into action what they have learned in the classroom. The day started with volunteers (including MA and MAA students) putting on makeup to detail their injuries. The “victims” were then placed in different locations for the trainees to find and assess the scenarios, which featured simulated life-threatening injuries. Going through this training, as a victim, demonstrated to the students how important it is to volunteer for these types of trainings. At times the drill seemed chaotic and many trainees weren’t sure what they should be doing. The volunteers helped trainees smooth out rough edges and be better prepared for a real disaster.

“I had such a great experience with the CERT training. I had no idea this type of training was offered, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to be a part of the volunteer team,” Brittney Steele, MAA student, said. “This type of training has opened my eyes to how important CERT training is when it comes to rescuing individuals from certain disasters. I had a blast getting made-up for my fake injuries and acting as a victim with my fellow classmates. I definitely look forward to volunteering again in the near future.”

The Broadview University community is fortunate to support such great community activities. Not only do we get to give back to the community, but our students get the opportunity to learn and serve.

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