Local CERT teams recreate emergency situations as part of competition

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Courtesy Liz Sollis

WOODS CROSS, Utah (ABC4 News) — Utahns in some cities across the Wasatch Front competed in a bi-annual Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) competition in an effort to better understand how to prepare for any kind of emergency situation.

Roughly 70 people from Kaysville, Bountiful and Woods Cross CERT’s took part in the simulation/competition.

Community engagement director for the Davis County Sheriff’s Office Liz Sollis says the event is meant to be a fun competition in order to help CERT members improve their skills and response time.

The Bountiful CERT won the competition and will receive an award at their local city council.

Sollis says second place was awarded to Kaysville CERT — noting this was their first time participating in the event.

CERT is a program that teaches volunteers basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations, according to ready.gov.

Sollis says CERT members are all volunteers which coordinate their efforts through their local fire department and meet monthly with the Davis County Citizen Corps Council at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

In the photograph’s below, children volunteered as victims in a variety of accidents, while adult CERT volunteers conducted the emergency response efforts.

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