Teachers will be getting hands-on training for search and rescue techniques on Saturday, April 23 at Hunt Middle School, 6501 South 10th St. in Tacoma. During the Japan earthquake, and in many disasters, it was coworkers, family and the average citizen that became the first responders and performed rescues.
Hunt Middle School will be utilized to create simulated classrooms and what they might look like after an explosion or earthquake. This operations-level training follows an all-day classroom training held at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center in March.
The training will be led by Tom Miner, a retired Pierce County Emergency Management manager.
Sixty teachers from the across Pierce County school districts will be taught how to lift and move heavy objects with pry bars and cribbing, patient care and movement under disaster conditions, and search tactics. There will be two sessions on Saturday with 30 teachers each – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
This search and rescue training is the culmination of years of working with Pierce County schools to engage them in proactive emergency preparedness and training. Homeland Security funding was used to pay for this training.