Ninety Conway Area Career Center students completed emergency response training Tuesday at the Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management.
“If there’s a disaster, they can respond and they’ve got some skills to do so,” Shannon Busby, Emergency Medical Responder instructor at Conway, said. “If anything ever happened in their community, no matter where they go, they can help.”
For six years, Conway career students have had the opportunity to for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training through the Emergency Medical Responder (first responder) course. Tuesday’s final scenario covered fire suppression, search and rescue as well as triage training.
One of the FCOEM CERT instructors noted this was the largest class he’s seen yet go through the training.
“This is the biggest group,” CERT Instructor Dirk Sutterfield said Tuesday. “They’re just a great group of students. They are very professional and attentive.”
Students with Vilonia, Mayflower, Greenbrier and Guy public schools were able to participate in the training through the CACC, which extends to 14 other schools.
Charissa Tillery, a Health and Science instructor at Conway High School, said it was rewarding to see several groups of students working together to make the final training day possible.
Along with the 90 CERT participants, Conway drama and health and science students lent a helping hand Tuesday. Health and science students acted as victims for the CERT students. The drama students provided the injured effects on the “victims” with makeup.
“It’s neat that you can pull different departments in and have them on a same goal and watch them work together when they really don’t have anything in common except just being a student,” Tillery said.
Sutterfield said the students learned individual skills that will help them to always be prepared.
“This training teaches them to be ready and provides them with individual skills for what they’re dealing with,” he said. “We want them to be able to take these skills with them, to take them home to their parents.”
Lunch was provided by Centennial Bank at the Office of Emergency Management for all participants, instructors and helpers on site Tuesday.