A graduation ceremony was held for 12 new Cobb Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members from Harrison High School on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2009, at the Cobb Public Safety Training Center in Marietta.
Cobb’s CERT program is the largest in Georgia with 847 trained and is offered to any Cobb resident who is at least 16 years of age.
This is the first class comprised soley of teenage members. The teens volunteered over 24 hours each learning fire safety, first aid, emergency preparedness, disaster psychology, teamwork, and search techniques.
According to Cobb County’s Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Deputy Director Lanita Lloyd, “This group is filled with energy and excitement – we’ve learned as much from them as they have from us. These teens are leaders – They are willing to step up to the plate and help others should a crisis occur – these teens are leaders and will be an asset to Cobb County!”
Participant Matt Piper added, “CERT has prepared me and my classmates to step-up and help our community when faced with emergencies. I learned a great deal in the class and would recommend it to others.”