Ashland CERT puts volunteers through disaster training

Volunteers with Ashland CERT "tend to wounds" in a disaster scenario on Saturday. (KTVL/Mike Marut)

Ashland, Ore. - Twice a year, the Ashland Community Emergency Response Team practices its disaster training with scenarios.

The training helps volunteers take what they've been learning in the classroom for weeks and apply it to disaster response if a large-scale disaster were to happen.

"It's very critical for all people of Ashland and elsewhere to understand the risks," Alan Rathsam, one of the trainees, said. "One thing we learned is that Oregon is an all-hazard state, so we can expect any type of natural or man-made disaster."

The training on Saturday had a full class of 24 volunteers.

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