BURBANK — From extinguishing a small fire to rescuing someone trapped under a refrigerator, six teams on Saturday demonstrated their best disaster-preparedness skills in an inaugural Community Emergency Response Team challenge.
Teams assessed and treated victims with broken limbs and deep cuts in mock disaster scenarios set up at the Burbank Fire Department Regional Training Center. Team members climbed the department's four-story training tower and searched for victims while others were quizzed on their knowledge of procedures for being on a Community Emergency Response Team, known as CERT.
Resident Jennifer Tompkins said she studied with her Burbank Fire Corps team throughout the summer going over training manuals and emergency-preparedness skills to get ready for the competition.
"Everybody on the team knows everything, so just in case something happens, we can all jump in," she said. "It really was a group effort."
Tompkins became a CERT member in 1998. Since then, she balances her emergency training with a job at the Automobile Club and acting auditions.