Wesleyan's Campus-CERT team welcomed 17 new members. They are, front row, from left: Kim Krueger, general maintenance mechanic; Doug Brown of the City of Middletown; David Leipziger Teva, director of religious and spiritual life and University Jewish Chaplain; Octavio Flores-Cuadra, adjunct professor of romance languages and literatures; Stacey Phelps, assistant director of Residential Life; Liliana Carrasquillo, area coordinator for Residential Life; Krishna Winston, the Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature; and back row, from left: Brian Stewart, chair and associate professor of physics; Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Department of Chemistry; Erhard Konerding, documents librarian; Linda Hurteau, library assistant; John Snyder '12; Daniel LaBonte, area coordinator in Residential Life; Krystal-Gayle O'Neill, area coordinator in Residential Life; Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015; and John Maher, residential operations coordinator. Scott Backer, assistant director of student life, is not pictured.
“Her name is Sally. She’s bleeding. She’s stuck under a concrete slab and she can’t move her leg,” says Krystal-Gayle O’Neill, area coordinator in Residential Life as she examines a woman trapped under explosion debris.
“Let’s get some cribbing material,” suggests Doug Allen, assistant to the facilities manager in the Department of Chemistry.
Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015, works to stabilize a victim, played by Joyce Walter, director of the University Health Center.
Noel Garrett, dean for the Class of 2015, inserts wood blocks, one at a time, underneath a concrete slab, hoping to stabilize the heavy obstruction.
“Sally, if it hurts let me know,” he says. “We’re going to get you out of here.”
For 15 minutes, the Wesleyan employees worked together and finally rescued Sally from a mock emergency situation. As members of Wesleyan’s Community Emergency Response Team, the employees learn to assist first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize volunteers at a disaster site and improve the safety of the Wesleyan community.
On Jan. 4-6, 12 Wesleyan staff members, three Wesleyan faculty, one student and one Middletown resident participated in 20-hour CERT training. The program included many hands-on activities, including fire extinguishing, locating a victim in the dark, CPR, dressing a wound and extricating a victim from a disaster area.
The program, which is supported by a grant
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