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Teen volunteers sweep state emergency response competition
by Tribune Staff
May 12, 2011 | 518 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — A group of local high school volunteers from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team earned the top three medals awarded during a statewide emergency response competition held at this year’s Health Occupation Students of America State Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.

The students are all part of a Teen CERT pilot program at the Washoe County School District’s Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology (AACT) sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Corps Program.

The students attended a one-semester course about how to act as emergency responders in the event of an incident on their campus or in the community. The teens trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. They also learned how to better prepare for potential hazards that could affect their families and community.

Students from AACT put those skills to the test when they competed against teams across Nevada in the Health Occupation Students of America State Leadership Conference on March 23 in Las Vegas. AACT's team won gold, silver and bronze in their team completion at the conference. The Gold and Silver teams will be competing at the National HOSA competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June.

For more information on the program, contact Linda Sienko 325-6927.

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