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Thank You Participants of the CERT Search & Rescue Training on 5-18-16

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A HUGE THANK YOU to volunteers from the Gerrish Township CERT team, Gerrish Township Police Department, Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern, Sgt. Angie Ackley, Roscommon County Sheriff Auxiliary members, and family volunteers (victims and radio operator) for your participation in the CERT Search & Rescue Training last night.

Over 35 people participated in a Search and Rescue Training Exercise which covered objectives such as Operations Command & Incident Command protocols, search and rescue procedures, search grids, span of control, communications and patient assessment and handling.  The simulation included two separate incidents occurring simultaneously.  One of the search areas was the woods running north of the Gerrish Police Department to E. Higgins Lake Drive and the other was a wooded area off of W. Pine adjacent to County Road 104.  The goals were to locate four victims/patients, 2 weapons, a bag of ammunition and some meth lab debris. 

This was a great training with all teams meeting their goals and objectives in a timely, organized fashion.  These scenarios include regular briefings and debriefings and are held 2-3 times per year to help CERT volunteers and community emergency services work together comfortably and effectively so they are always ready for true emergency call outs.  

Thank you everyone for your participation, service and commitment to the CERT team and your community!