Members of EastTex Regional CERT attended the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) course which educates on the strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. The free course was hosted by the Rockwall Country Office of Emergency Management in partnership with Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall and the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office and is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004.
The CRASE course was combined with the Stop The Bleed training. This combination provides the civilian volunteer team with the skills and knowledge to effectively respond when shots are fired and to know how to help save lives. Victims can die within minutes from an uncontrolled bleed. First responders were present to train non-medical professionals basic first aid in a variety situations, as well as proper bleeding control techniques. Knowing the proper techniques for how to use your hands, apply a tourniquet, and pack a wound (as pictured above, a member learns to pack a gun shot wound) are critical to address massive bleeding from everyday accidents, natural disasters, and emergencies such as active shooter.
EastTex CERT will provide additional training opportunities for Stop The Bleed, as well as other courses throughout year. Be sure to check the calendar and sign up for alerts. The only thing more tragic than death is one that could have been prevented.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an all-volunteer organization through FEMA to help educate and organize local communities in the event of a disaster. EastTex CERT services Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt, and Collin Counties. If you’re interested in joining, you can sign up by visiting our JOIN CERT page.