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CERT plans disaster drill

 Posted: 4:55 PM October 11, 2013

Ashland Community Emergency Response Team will train with a disaster simulation from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the city's electric utility department, 90 N. Mountain Ave.

The simulation caps off the team's fall basic training. Newly trained volunteers will practice finding mock victims, assessing medical need and transporting and treating patients as necessary.

The team trains people in to help in neighborhoods if disaster strikes, officials said. In the basic training, volunteers learn about the role of CERT and learn to safely extinguish a fire, provide first aid, and participate in search and rescue operations.

Ashland CERT offers two basic training opportunities annually in the spring and fall. It also provides refresher opportunities to those previously trained and advanced training for people interested in more in-depth volunteer leadership. Ashland has more than 200 active volunteers, CERT organizers reported.

For more information, contact Ashland CERT at 541-552-2226 or

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