CERT members drag an injured man to the medical area during a disaster drill in Kirkland City Hall Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

CERT members drag an injured man to the medical area during a disaster drill in Kirkland City Hall Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

Kirkland CERTs practice for the big one

Community Emergency Response Teams conduct disaster drill

Screams filled the hallway off of the Peter Kirk Room in Kirkland City Hall last week. A major earthquake had hit the area and left the building without power. The sounds of the injured echoed off the walls as Kirkland’s 24th Community Emergency Response Team organized and got to work, conducting search and rescue efforts for the wounded.

This was the scene Nov. 18 during the CERT disaster drill, which was the final activity of the fall CERT program.

About 30 CERT members worked together throughout the morning and early afternoon to rescue roughly 28 survivors of a major earthquake.

A team of moulage artists created realistic injuries on those survivors, from simple bruises to impalements and compound fractures, for the CERTs to triage and treat.

The fall CERT program kicked off Sept. 20. Throughout the nine-week disaster training course, CERTs met once a week on Wednesdays to learn basic preparedness, search-and-rescue techniques and medical treatment. They also learned how to put out small fires, how to operate under the incident command system and how to work in teams.

Instructors Christina Brugman, Alex Koloskov, Janice Christian, Janet Merriam, Tricia Paker and Jen Mahan took turns leading the weekly meetings. Kirkland firefighter Kevin Grimstad also taught students how to put out small fires, other fire safety tips and basic medical techniques.

The next Kirkland CERT class will be offered starting March 1, 2018. The group will meet Thursday evenings. Registration begins January 2018. Sign up for the Kirkland CERT newsletter at www.KirklandCERT.com to be notified when registration opens and to hear about other classes and workshops.

This batch of CERTs officially graduated from the program on Tuesday with a small ceremony in Kirkland City Hall at 7 p.m.

Kirkland Reporter writer Megan Campbell took the course and participated in the disaster drill Nov. 18. For her firsthand account of the course and disaster drill, see the opinion section.

Make-up artists created life-like wounds, like this compound fracture, for the disaster drill Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

Make-up artists created life-like wounds, like this compound fracture, for the disaster drill Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

The disaster drill took place in the Kirkland City Hall Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

The disaster drill took place in the Kirkland City Hall Nov. 18. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

This is the 24th CERT class to graduate from the program in Kirkland. Megan Campbell, Kirkland Reporter

More in News

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons
King County burn ban now in effect

Other counties across the state have already enacted similar restrictions.

An example of a fish culvert that prevents fish from migrating through it. Creative commons
Fish culverts ruling will increase price tag for the state

The state will be on the line for $3.7 billion for fish culvert replacements.

SAATWA Board President Aseem Chipalkatti gives an opening speech to those who were in attendance Sunday afternoon. Hanson Lee/staff photo.
South Asian organizations look to take political action and advocacy to the next level

SAATWA and SAPAC are planning to push for political involvement and the political values of Washington’s South Asian community.

Police arrest Kingsgate shooting suspect

Kirkland and Kenmore police arrested a suspect in a non-injury shooting case that occurred on July 7

Kirkland to experiment with bike share

The program would provide new opportunities for transportation and recreation.

Rabid bat found near Woodinville

County health officials urge anyone who may have been exposed to the bat to seek treatment.

Suspect sexually assaults woman at a bar | Police blotter

The Kirkland police blotter for June 30 through July 5.

Barrier that protects Eastside water to be repaired

The barrier protects a pipeline that delivers water to various Eastside cities and Seattle.

Safe consumption part 3: The opposite of addiction

Final episode of our three-part series on controversial supervised consumption sites

Most Read