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Volunteer trainees prepare for real disasters

Shrill screams of agony pierced downtown Lompoc Saturday morning as high school students played victims in a mock earthquake simulation – the final drill for CERT trainees. Residents in the Lompoc Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training learn how they can help fire and rescue personnel in the event of a catastrophic disaster. CERT training involves 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training, including fire prevention, fire suppression, utility shut down and basic first aid. In the event of a disaster, such as a major earthquake, CERT trainees could save lives by putting out small fires and applying first aid and triage for trauma victims, fire officials said. Full Story

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