The weekend of February 13, three scouts and three adults from Boy Scout Troop 325 earned their Community Emergency Response Team Certification (CERT). The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. By taking the CERT class the 3 scouts also earned their Emergency Preparedness merit badge. The class was spread over two weekends for a total of 12-hours of training. The next phase in creating a fully functioning Dysart CERT Team is to raise money to buy equipment for the members. The equipment includes a backpack that contains a helmet, first aid kit, wrench to shut off natural gas valves, safety vest, leather gloves, N95, flashlight, mask and safety goggles. If you would like more information about CERT or would like to contribute contact CERT trainer Greg Reese at 319-404-0482.
Pictured are (clockwise from left): Caleb Wandschneider, Nolan Wandschneider, Donny Lyons, Sherry Lyons and Greg Lyons practicing the 'three man roll.”