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On Saturday, August 4th, 27 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Members from
Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and Crestline conducted a disaster simulation at
County Fire Station 91 in Lake Arrowhead. Under the direction of Battalion Chief
Al Krelnikov, firefighters and paramedics from County Fire Stations 91 and 92 created
a lifelike simulated earthquake scenario for CERT Members to practice their skills.
Seven fire explorers donned movie style makeup to represent injured victims adding
to the realism of the exercise.
Once the exercise began, CERT Members fanned out across the station property. Teams
of four CERT members conducted searches, locating victims and determined which ones
required immediate attention before transporting them to the medical operations station
located outside. Screams for help could be heard from the “victims” adding to the
stress level of the exercise. Rescuers bandaged and then moved their patients outside
to receive further care.
Lake Arrowhead CERT Volunteer Coordinator Dave Hobbs stated, “Even though this was
the first big drill we’ve had, I was pleased with the performance of CERT Members.”
Following the exercise, Chief Krelnikov and the participating firefighters offered
praise for the thorough job done and offered advice for areas of improvement.
CERT is a free 20-hour training program of San Bernardino County Fire Department,
Office of Emergency Services and teaches residents how to care for themselves, their
families and community in time of a major disaster. There are currently 17 CERT Programs
in unincorporated San Bernardino County communities and 15 in various Cities and
Towns. For information on CERT in the mountain communities, visit www.mtncert.org
or call (909) 356-3998 for information on CERT in other areas.