# Monday, June 19, 2006

On Saturday, Vikki and I participated in this year’s NW Emergency Response Team Rodeo, and had a blast!  This event is for ERT groups from NW Oregen/ SW Washington to meet each other and practice their skills.  We got assigned to mixed-jurisdictional teams, each team about 6–8 people, including one radio operator.  Each team then rotated through 10 stations where we got to practice triage, cribbing and extrication, first aid, victim transport, fire supression, SAR, etc.  Big fun. 

This year it was hosted at TVF&R’s training facility, so we got to put our car fires, search a 5 story building, look for victims in the dark, and extricate victims from under actual rubble.  Best of all, we had instructors from fire departments all over the area who were coaching and teaching us (most of them on their own time, thanks guys!).  Disneyland for safety nerds!

We’re actually running another rodeo this year, in September, so if you’re on a local CERT team, come out and play.  If you aren’t, go get trained