High Schooler Students Finally CERTified

SAL RESPONDERSGRAD PICA group of Greenville High School students are graduating, but they are not going to college just yet. These are students who will be prepared for any situation.

They are not your typical first responders, but these high school students are dedicated to serving their community. For the past few months, the students have devoted their time and energy into become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This team may be called in the event of any emergency situation to assist first responders.

For the students like Sophomore Laun Pryor, the team is a natural fit.

SAL RESPONDERSGRAD PIC 4“I’ve always had, like a niche or a thing for helping people,” Pryor says. “If I can find any way I can help people, then I’d love to do it.”

In their final test, Pryor and his teammates had to work through a real life scenario, with volunteers pretending to be victims in an emergency. It is a tough course for anyone, but especially teenagers.

“It’s about 20 hours of classroom,” EMA Director Shirley Sandy says. “Four hours of exercise, where they do search and rescue, first aid, fire extinguishing, things like that. Everything we’ve been teaching them is real important,” Sandy says. “They might be called upon to use it. They might be alone with their family and need to have some of these skills.”

SAL RESPONDERSGRAD PIC 2While the emergency the students experienced was not real, the lessons the teens learned from the class certainly are.

“Don’t always take things as they can last forever, because things don’t last forever,” Pryor says. “And if there is a situation, you need to stay calm, and not worry about what could happen. Worry about preventing what could happen.”

For more information on the CERT classes or to schedule a class, call the Butler County EMA at (334) 382-7911.

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