Civilian Emergency Response Team Training In A Nutshell!
Josh “The 7P’s of Survival”
This week on the 7 P’s Of Survival Show we will be stepping into my roots (Shout out to my hometown fire department Triune-Halleck Fire Department within the Emergency Response Community and talking about one of my favorite classes I used to teach while with the WV State Fire Academy: Civilian Emergency Response Team. This week I will have Scott Finazzo, who like myself is a veteran firefighter and also a second generation firefighter.
Scott recently wrote a book called The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook that I was able to read on my 32 hours worth of flights (didn’t take anywhere near that long, but it was good to have to read) over the last two weeks. While reading the book I thought of two things: 1) This book should be the new manual for the FEMA cert program (maybe add in a few more pictures) and 2) The chapter on Disaster Psychology was very well written and not covered in nearly enough in emergency response textbooks or even commercial books that I have come across in the preparedness realm.
So what will we be covering in this Mini Cert Class? Throughout the show we will talk about how you can apply first responder standard operating procedures and tools to deal with a disaster in your home or community when emergency services may be delayed. Here are a few things we will cover: Incident Priorities, Accountability, Size-Up, Risk Management (high risk/low frequency vs. low risk/high frequency events), Utility management and the tools needed to shut them off check out this tool we used to give all of our CERT responders, great tool to have, Classes of fire and firefighting, Hazardous Materials recognition (hint- download WIZER), Urban Search and Rescue, Wilderness SAR, Disaster Medical Operations and How to get involved in disaster or emergency response.
Toward the end of the show I will invite my wife to join the show and share her perspective as a PhD in Psychology candidate who joined my Fire Department over a decade ago to study the effects of stress and PTSD on emergency responders while giving back to the community. The three of us will dig into dealing with stressful situations, post traumatic stress debriefings, and much more during this mini segment of the show. Even if you have attended a CERT class and still have your manual this chapter alone makes this book worth picking up.
This show will be a look into the first responder community like no other. I hope this show leaves you thinking about how you can get involved in community emergency/disaster response and put all of those preparedness skills to use helping others, all while learning many more skills and building a mental toughness that only experiencing what first responders and military personnel do on a daily basis can provide.
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