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Emergency Response Volunteers Train at Local Movie Studio

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October 9, 2010

The sets and effects used to create big-screen disasters will become the backdrop for a real life drama – an emergency drill organized by the County Office of Emergency Services.

Two hundred members of local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) will participate in the drill Saturday at Stu Segall Productions in Kearny Mesa.

“This is a unique opportunity for CERT volunteers to get a sense of what it is like to be in a real disaster and test the skills that they have learned to help their communities during an emergency,” said Ron Lane, Director of the Office of Emergency Services.

The drill will take advantage of the studio’s facilities, including the simulation of an airline disaster using a Boeing 727, as well as a large explosion and fire. Volunteers will rotate through exercises to practice skills such as search and rescue, medical triage and fire suppression.

San Diego County has 31 CERT teams with more than 4,000 volunteers. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and response. Members receive training that can be used to respond to a small emergency in their own home or neighborhood, or during a large disaster that overwhelms local response capabilities.

The Office of Emergency Services organizes regional CERT drills twice a year. Partners in today’s drill include: Strategic Operations, Inc., Studio Diner, SDG&E, AmeriGas and San Diego County Sheriff’s Explorers.

To learn how to become a CERT volunteer, visit the Office of Emergency Services preparedness website at

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