CLEARWATER – Clearwater Academy International, a goal-oriented education college-prep school, is enlisting a team of select current and former students to participate in the upcoming World Rescue Challenge event.
The World Rescue Challenge event in Clearwater will host firefighters and medical rescuers from all over North America and the world to take part in a week long training event that includes the
World Auto Extrication Challenge and the World Trauma Challenge.
The event focuses on preparing today’s emergency response rescuers for tomorrow’s challenges and is being presented for the first time in the United States, running Oct. 27 through Nov. 2, in Clearwater.
All participants in the challenges are required to be Community Emergency Response Team trained, or knowledgeable in responding to emergencies that may arise in their community.
CAI’s CERT trained teenagers will play an active role in the World Rescue Event’s Trauma Challenge, which consists of the following:
• Two-person teams will respond to staged accidents
• Each team will direct “innocent bystanders” as witnesses to help
• There are 20 different scenarios each day for three days – each scenario lasts for 10 minutes.
Jim Zwers, CAI executive director, maintains that CERT training helps young adults become better citizens and prepares them to be better leaders as an adult by teaching them to serve. CAI requires their students to participate in community service projects and are encouraging them to always take an active stance in helping others. CAI’s CERT team ranges in ages from 16 to 19 and comes with a variety of talents and qualifications.