Angeles Mission College
Mission College employees prepare for the next disaster
The employees, including classified staff, administrators and faculty members, are enrolled in CERT Community Emergency Response Training. Launched by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985 as a pilot program, CERT trains citizen volunteers to perform basic fire suppression, light search and rescue, and first aid.
In Southern California, the need for volunteers trained to deal with disasters is obvious, as Firefighter Kevin Mason told the Mission College volunteers:
"When the next major earthquake hits, the resources of the L.A. City Fire Department all 103 stations are going to be maxed-out within five minutes," he said. "Its going to be up to you to handle the smaller emergencies."
Mason said people are going to have to fend for themselves, probably for several days. Theyre going to have to shut off their own gas and water lines, provide their own food and water, recognize and avoid hazardous situations, and, yes, even treat some serious injuries and wounds.
The Mission College group has received or will receive training in all of those areas. Participants are learning everything from using a fire extinguisher to how to determine if an accident victim is in shock or bleeding internally.
a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician who has been with
the college since 1991, is undergoing the training for the second time.
He said it gives him comfort, when considering that disaster may strike
at any time.
Im at work, at home or in church when it happens, I feel Ill
be able to use my knowledge to help others, to be a leader," he said.
"The training gives you confidence to say, I can do it."
Arvizu, Acting Vice President, Administrative Services, brought the training
to Mission College as part of its emergency disaster preparations. He
noted that the training not only will benefit the campus, but also the