Coloradans learn how to handle disasters

COMMERCE CITY - In the latest community emergency response training course offered by the city of Denver, students had to simulate a terrorist bomb attack at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The simulation marked the final day of training for around 50 students. The focus surrounds average people learning what to do in disaster situations.

"If you think of any accident or emergency you've ever been involved in, who have been the first people on the scene?" says CERT director Scott Field, "They were your neighbors, they were the guys in the other car, they were someone walking past. Just members of the public trying to help out and do good."

In CERT, people learn how to handle multiple types of emergencies before paramedics arrive. In the past week, Denver offered it's first CERT course for high schoolers. Freshman Bettie Bowden says it has changed her life.

"Now I feel more confident in myself and in my community," Bowden says, "We don't just have to wait for the paramedics to get here."

The city of Denver offers around 18 CERT courses every year. Field hopes more people will sign up for future classes adding that taking the course lightens the load on emergency responders and helps stabilize the scene before emergency crews arrive.

To learn more about CERT or to sign up for future classes, visit

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