FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2017
SOUTHERN GILA COUNTY CERT AND GLOBE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM UP TO CREATE SOUTHERN GILA TEEN CERT PROGRAM.
Globe (Arizona) High School, Gila County OEM, Southern Gila CERT and USAEBN Community Readiness are teaming up to create a TEEN Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program to be offered to the Globe High School freshmen class in the 2017-2018 school year.
The program leader, Major (Ret) Sal Fiorella, states that he wanted to expose the children to careers in the local community, available after high school. These careers will include Law Enforcement, Paramedics, Firefighting, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “This program is going to be AWSOME…” states Major Fiorella.
The student will be trained in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommended course outline, which includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Extinguisher use, light search and rescue, field medical triage and Incident Command System (ICS).
All students graduating this course will become certified TEEN CERT members, which will entitle them to become part of the local Southern Gila CERT Team and can open avenues into Police / Fire explorer programs and a good resume builder for college bound students.
Mr. Tim Howard, Director of USAEBN Community Readiness and Mr. Jonathan Skelton, Program Coordinator of Southern Gila CERT, will be contacting and arranging for local emergency services to get involved with the program, by talking to the students in regard to their field of expertise. “We will also be reaching out to other Federal and State officials, to come talk with the students during their CERT graduation. This way the student will get to meet other emergency responders and field agents that not normally in the local area, enhancing their career choices.” stated Mr. Howard.
Mr. Howard also stated “Programs like CERT are design to enhance the emergency preparedness level of our communities and that is tied directly to the support that we receive from the community. This will include local EMS services, but also depends on the participation of ordinary citizens in the community. If you are a parent, ensuring your child and yourself are available for training activities, is critical. But grand-parents, teachers, coaches and neighbors can also get involved by learning and supporting your local CERT teams. If anything, it will help prepare you for the next snowstorm, or wildfire that we WILL see in our community.”
ABOUT GLOBE HIGH SCHOOL
Globe High School provides a challenging and stimulating academic experience for Career and College-bound high school students. Such an experience can best take place in an atmosphere of friendly consideration of others, mutual trust, and personal responsibility. The rules and procedures compiled here are meant to foster that atmosphere for students, faculty, and parents working together.
At Globe High School we believe in the foundational importance of scholarship, the value of dialogue, and the need for academically curious young people to belong to a kind, creative, diverse, and joyful community. We challenge our students to engage deeply in learning, appreciate one another, and grow into adults who are intellectually adventurous, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and spirit.
ABOUT SOUTHERN GILA CERT
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.
If we can predict that emergency services will not meet immediate needs following a major disaster, especially if there is no warning as in an earthquake and people will spontaneously volunteer, what can government do to prepare citizens for this eventuality?
First, present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services. Second, give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness. Third, train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Fourth, organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
ABOUT USAEBN COMMUNITY READINESS
USAEBN Community Readiness is a non-profit, 501© organization supported by the USA Emergency Broadcasting Network. This is a nationwide network of dedicated emergency responders, who volunteer their time, training and expertise to provide the American citizen emergency preparedness information and training.
We are not here to sell you a product or a political viewpoint. We are here to provide an educational avenue for people to learn the basics of disaster preparedness and how to save lives. We do not measure our success, by profit, but by how many lives we save.
USAEBN Community Readiness works closely with government and non-government organizations, in order to, provide you with the latest and best information available. Our team members have been called upon to assist is major disasters like the Baltimore Riots, Terrorist attacks in France, Hurricane Sandy, 911, and Hurricane Katrina. Our staff members have been associated with organizations like FEMA, OSHA, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice and all military branches.
For more information on training opportunities and information please visit www.usaebn.org