Added on October 24, 2016
The Spruce Creek Fly-In Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) participated in a three day training conference by the Florida CERT in Central Florida. There were 19 members who went through the rigorous basic training and three members that received additional advanced training.
The participants donate their time and energy to assist their community in the event a disaster occurs and first responders are not immediately available. In addition to basic skills and knowledge, members gained the important understanding of how crucial teamwork, communication and mindfulness are in preparing for emergencies.
Some of the training segments included how to safely extinguish small fires, medical aspects such as triage, treatment and transport. On the final day, a mock disaster was held at the Volusia County Fire Training Center where they put all the skills learned to valuable use.
The residents of Spruce Creek Fly-In are eternally grateful for this group of individuals who are present and ready to step in when the need arises. Little did they know when training concluded in late August, they would be called on to help the Community prepare for hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, we were spared the worst but this team made sure we were prepared on the front end and that we were safe after the fact. We owe this team our thanks and salute them.