Burbank Teen CERT students give first aid to classmate in distress

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Four students in Luther Burbank High School’s after-school Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program recently applied their knowledge of emergency first aid to help a classmate in distress.

A student in the school’s Law and Social Justice Small Learning Community was experiencing the onset of an urgent medical condition in class, requiring the teacher to call 9-1-1.Before paramedics arrived, students Mailea Loska, Benito Aguilera, Maria Acosta and Chris Rincon immediately began to give emergency aid, making sure their classmate had a clear airway and was breathing on his own.

They also treated him for shock (blanketing him to ensure he maintained his body temperature) and elevated his feet.

Teen CERT is an after-school program that provides students with emergency disaster training. CERT students must successfully complete 30 hours of training to be certified in the CERT program. The CERT program consists of nine modules encompassing training in triage, light search and rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical treatment and disaster psychology, among other topics. 

Click here to watch a video featuring Burbank students about Teen CERT.