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Community Emergency Response Team

Performs a Mock Large Area Search

Combs the back part of Shaw Nature Reserve
for pretend flood victim

By Cathy Lirette
Contributing Writer


Seven certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members gathered at the back of Shaw Nature Reserve, May 3, to perform a mock Large Area Search. The search was part of the monthly training the members do to refresh the skills they learned during CERT training classes.

Beginning around 6 p.m., the team members received their assignment, set up a command post, established an incident commander (leader) and inventoried the instruments. Once that was done, they set off on the search.

According to Assistant Chief Justin Spraul, of the Boles Fire Protection District, the assignment was to find a man lost in the woods. The scenario stated that he was swept away from his home in a flood and that the water brought him deep in the forest.

In order to find the man, the crew performed a grid search to make sure they cover the entire area he was thought to be in. It took the crew about ½ an hour to find Captain Andrew Caldwell who played the victim.

Assistant Chief Spraul explained that although the CERT members are an independent group, the Fire District does assist them and help coordinate training. The group meets at Station 3 in Villa Ridge once a month for a meeting or training.

To find out more about CERT, log onto: www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams


Published in The Eureka-Pacific Current News Magazine


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Boles Fire Protection District holds events during the year at the Fire Stations located in Gray Summit, Labadie, Saint Albans and Villa Ridge. In addition, BFPD can be seen at many public events held throughout the year at various locales in Boles Township.

No events are scheduled during the next 30 days. New events are posted frequently, so please check back often.



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