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Final exam—Students in the Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s CERT program gathered April 24 in New River to complete their rescue training. Pictured above, students practice extricating victims.
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Fire department welcomes latest CERT grads

Staff Report~ 5/7/2014

The Daisy Mountain Fire Department held its last Community Emergency Response Team training session of the season April 24, and more than a dozen students graduated this time around from the 8-week-long program.
In that final class last week, students had an opportunity to put the skills they had recently learned into practice by taking part in a disaster drill. The drill scenario mimicked the fallout from a severe, summertime monsoon storm that had ravaged the Daisy Mountain Fire District communities of Anthem, Desert Hills and New River. The 21 students who had completed the CERT training were then tasked with the hypothetical role of assisting their local fire department in a time of overwhelming need.
Fire Chief Mark Nichols was on hand to observe the drill and issue course certificates to each student. Nichols also spoke with the graduating students about the close connection between DMFD and CERT volunteers.
Originally developed in California and adopted by FEMA as a national curriculum, the premise of CERT is to train residents to be better equipped to take care of themselves and their family in the event of a disaster. Beyond that, volunteers who complete additional training and become affiliated with the fire department can assist the department during a disaster under certain circumstances.
CERT training is offered by DMFD free of charge. The annual program starts in March. For more information, visit DMFDCC.org or contact Paul Schickel at CERT@DMFD.org.