Fort Bend County celebrates graduation of emergency response volunteers

The Fort Bend County Community Emergency Response Team recently celebrated after successfully completing a simulation training exercise to practice its emergency response skills in a real-life situation.

Ten Fort Bend County community members volunteered to join the CERT program, where they learned emergency response skills to help lead their community through a disaster. CERT volunteers learned a wide range of emergency response skills, including basic fire safety, triage, first aid, psychological first aid, command techniques, hazardous materials safety and emergency terrorism response.

The CERT program members were joined by 28 community volunteers to help simulate an emergency that required the team members to utilize the skills they learned. All 38 simulation volunteers, including the first responders, attended a graduation ceremony on December 15, 2013 to celebrate their achievements.

The CERT training program is offered free-of-charge through the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management to anyone that is interested in volunteering as an emergency first responder. The Fort Bend County OEM was established as part of a preparedness plan against natural disasters and national emergencies.

The Fort Bend County OEM is responsible for the planning, preparation, response and recovery tasks of the county's emergency response plan, which was established to protect the 500,000 residents to the region.