High school students close to certification in emergency response

High school students close to certification in emergency response
It’s real life training and while students are in high school. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s real life training and while students are in high school.

Friday 20 students at Groves High School will get their Community Emergency Response Team certification.

Students in the Logistics program at Groves High School spent the day working as a team to run simulated rescue missions.

“It means that I am able to again give back to the community and to give to those who need it the most and that means a lot to me,” said Bradley Anderson, a sophomore student at Groves High School.

They’ve spent several classes working alongside professionals and learning the ropes of emergency response.

Garden City Fire Department officials spend the day working with students on fire safety. They say helping train them is a benefit for the whole community.

“That is actual hands-on stuff they can use,” said Assistant Chief Kurt Lewis, Garden City Fire Department training and operations. “And this CERT aspect of it not only helps for that, but it’s just a great asset to help the members of the community.”

Students say getting their training from real life emergency officials helps them feel empowered in what they are doing and better prepared to step in when needed.

“It’s a real good feeling because I know it’s going to give me way more opportunities for jobs and other things,” said Avery Harrell, a junior at Groves High School. “Plus, it helps me with different scenarios like you never know when you could be walking down the street and see somebody that needs help, we already have the training.”

Leaders of the program say training this many high school students on CERT makes this a safer community. The program combines Grove logistics students, Community Organized Relief Efforts (CORE) and Savannah Youth City. They are glad to offer it for the first time and hope to bring the program back for students again.

“It feels like we’re going to be okay,” said Beverlee Trotter, executive director for Savannah Youth City. “The more people that we train, students, elderly, communities we’re going to be okay in Savannah, Georgia.”

Friday 20 students will graduate the program and earn their certification allowing them to join local cert teams immediately to help when disaster strikes.

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