Community Engagement & Preparedness: Our Passion is our Practice


Over the course of the past six weeks students in the Homeland Security & Preparedness course have participated in five hands-on simulations and lessons in 1.) Fire suppression, 2.) Basic disaster medical operations & triage 3.) Urban search & rescue, 4.) Disaster psychology, and 5.) Hazardous materials & terrorism. Following these classroom sessions tomorrow the students will be be tested in their response skills and how prepared they are by participating in a mock simulation of a disaster scenario. Students will be able to practice all their new skills; victims (fellow student actors) and all!


Following the completion of these key topic areas the students will actually receive an official FEMA certificate for completing the hours needed for CERT training from the Temple Terrace Fire Department.  Each student will then have the training necessary to volunteer with any Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in the nation, can attend free Disaster exercises provided by the government and FEMA, and can work with various activities, events, and exercises that Temple Terrace & Tampa Fire Departments hold throughout the year. In addition, the students have been eager to expand from their training and look into being part of developing a campus-wide University of South Florida Campus Community Emergency Response (C-CERT) team.IMG_20130916_063018The Temple Terrace Fire Department Division Chief of Operations, Phillip Armiger, has generously provided 27 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Pro-pack personal preparedness & response rescue kits. These kits include gear needed to safely respond if a disaster situation were to occur in their neighborhood. Student were provided items such as safety helmet and vest, gloves, hazmat decontamination suit, medial triage tape, flares, first aid pack, and more.

IMG_20130916_071724The first time students were able to use their safety gear was in September, National Preparedness Month, during a hands-on exercises in fire suppression and how to safely put out a small fire with the use of a fire extinguisher.



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