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CERT Training at Randall's Island

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On November 15, 2009, members of New York City’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) met at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island for a day of disaster training.

During the first half of the day, CERT volunteers reviewed emergency response skills in a classroom setting and toured the Fire Academy’s subway emergency training center. After lunch, the volunteers deployed to the scene of a mock emergency, a city bus explosion, on the Fire Academy’s “Disaster Row.”

The scenario involved multiple fires, a gas leak, a building evacuation, and victim triage. CERT volunteers broke into teams to survey the scene, establish an incident command post, redirect traffic to create a perimeter, and address the emergencies and victims. Disaster victims were played by CERT volunteers and Fire Department mannequins.

The disaster drill was designed to help CERT volunteers keep their response skills fresh and foster communication and teamwork among multiple CERT teams.

NYC CERT volunteers are trained to support the efforts of New York City's first responders. During non-emergency situations, NYC CERTs educate their communities on emergency preparedness by working with the Ready New York program and building community disaster networks.

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