Firefighting Teens

High school students learn how to be first responders

RAPID CITY, S.D. – On Wednesday, Central High School students extinguished fires and learned about fire safety. Those students take part in the CERT program funded by FEMA.

The students are the first in South Dakota to receive the grant provided by FEMA.

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. The program teaches high schoolers how to be first responders. The course is three weeks long and covers fire, car accidents and building collapses.

“They’ll learn how to properly carry the injured, pull them out of buildings and how to support a wrecked car,” said Jerry Armstrong, a retired firefighter with Rapid City Fire Department.

During the program, participants wear special gear. At the end of the program, they will earn the gear, which they can keep in their car in case of emergency.

To pass the course, students must put together an emergency kit for their family. The kit will contain food, water, and first-aid materials. They have to teach six other families how to make a kit.

The goal is to prepare and protect people in an emergency. Armstrong says anyone can learn these basic techniques that have the potential to save a life.

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