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EXERCISES

 

2007

FEBRUARY 10, 2007 - EXERCISE

APRIL 24, 2007 - FULL SCALE EXERCISE - NEWS COVERAGE

JUNE 7, 2007 - SRHS/SCEMD EARTHQUAKE EXERCISE

JUNE 14, 2007 - EXERCISE

JULY 21, 2007 - EXERCISE

AUGUST 16, 2007 - EXERCISE

NOVEMBER 10, 2007 - FULL SCALE EXERCISE

 

CERT EXERCISES - 2007

FEBRUARY 10, 2007 - EXERCISE 

The Spartanburg County CERT program held its first exercise of 2007 on February 10th.  We had 18 people graduate from the CERT program.  Three of the 18 graduates were Teen CERT graduates.  Since this was our first graduation/exercise in several months, it was a little bit of an adjustment for us.  However, once we got started, it was like clockwork.  During the actual exercise, Arif Chaudhary and Richard McAbee were kind enough to install shelving in the CERT trailer.  I cannot thank them enough (especially Mr. McAbee for supplying the shelving).  In addition, I would like to thank Cherise Crosby, Douglas Martin, Steve Brown, Barbara Grudzien, and Bob Grudzien for coming out.  Without their continued assistance, we could not conduct successful exercises.  While I'm no Doug Nissley,  I hope you enjoy the pictures I took. 

April 24, 2007 - FULL SCALE EXERCISE

I would like to thank the following people for participating in CERT's first full scale exercise of the year: Our 30 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), Robbie Swofford, Steve Brown Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Sanjay Patel, Cherise Crosby, Bill Leeder, Linda Bridges (and grandchildren – victims), Doug Nissley, Richard Yoo, Patricia Rice, Douglas Martin, Michael Murphy, Lee Terry, Tracy Terry, Stephanie Wright, James Harter, Carol Justice, Joe Tonkovic, Richard McAbee, Mary McAbee, Brittany Johnson, Tony Scruggs, Tim Buckner, Mike Tate, Debbie Tate, Julie Frates, Sam Etheredge, William Culver, Bryan Grudzien, Amber Grudzien, Kinsey Grudzien, Arif Chaudhary, Bob Petty, Eric Bremer, Paul Barriage, Jenny Barriage, Beverly & Kyle Courtney, Brian Brown, Bobby Grudzien, Ben Grudzien, and Becky Owenby

Overall, we had 71 CERT Members attend and 46 victims.  In addition, Sgt Ted Beaty, Lt. Ashley Harris and Deputy Micah Horton showed up and assisted with the exercise.  They done an awesome job and I cannot thank the Sheriff’s Office enough for their continued support.  Ted Beaty made a lot of this happen and thanks again Ted for a job well done. Overall, this was our most realistic exercise and I feel everyone enjoyed their exercise experience.  Thanks again to everyone who made it happen and to the Media for coming out to cover it (News Channel 7 & Fox 21).  I hope everyone enjoys the pictures Doug Nissley and Steve Brown took. 

In addition, we would like to thank Channel 7(WSPA), 21 (WHNS) and 62 (WYCW) for airing stories about the exercise.  If you missed these stories, we have our video taped versions below. 

June 7, 2007 - SRHS Exercise

Spartanburg Regional participated in the SCEMD Statewide Earthquake Exercise on June 7th.  SRHS, along with Maryblack, wanted to test their surge capacities.  Therefore, they asked for CERT's assistance.  I would like to thank the 20 or so CERT members who helped with this exercise initiative. 

June 14, 2007 - EXERCISE

I would like to thank the following people for participating in the June CERT Training Session: Our 50 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), Robbie Swofford, Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Cherise Crosby, Kathy Hurry, Arif Chaudhary, Bill Leeder, Dana Leeder, Doug Nissley, Brian Grudzien, Marge Woodruff, William Culver, and Douglas Martin.

Overall, we had 63 CERT Members attend and 12 victims.  Thanks again everyone who made it happen and to the Herald Journal for coming, taking pictures, and putting two great photos in Saturday's paper.  I hope everyone enjoys the pictures Doug Nissley and Doug Martin took.

July 21, 2007 - EXERCISE

I would like to thank the following people for participating in the July CERT Training Session: Our 9 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Richard McAbee, Steve Brown, Cherise Crosby, Doug Nissley, Bill Leeder, Marge Woodruffand Victims (DJ and Chelsey).

Overall, we had 17 CERT Members attend and 2 victims.  This was one of our smaller scale CERT exercises this year and it was a pleasant change.  When the class went through their work stations, Richard McAbee and I worked on the trailer.  Afterwards, Richard, Steve, Bill, Bob, Barb, and I continued to work on the trailer.  I would like to especially thank Richard McAbee for providing the shelving.  Also, I would like to thank Bill and Bob and doing so much work on the trailer.  In addition, Barb and Bobby came out and helped us finish the project up.  All in all, it was a long day, yet a great one.  

August 16, 2007 - EXERCISE

I would like to thank the following people for participating in the July CERT Training Session: Our 4 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Steve Brown, Tracey Wert (& Kids) and Tommy Wert

Overall, this was a good exercise for a very small class.  I would like to thank everyone who made it possible.  With that said, we are looking forward to a great class this upcoming October.

NOVEMBER 10, 2007 - EXERCISE

I would like to thank the following people for participating in the November CERT Full Scale Exercise: Our 7 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), the 26 kids who participated as victims, Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, Steve Brown, Bill Leeder, Marge Woodruff, Doug Nissley, Joe Tonkovic, Matt Andrews, Michael Murphy, Cherise Crosby, Chantella Crosby, AJ Crosby, LJ Crosby, Teresa Foster, Marie Chaney, Tim Jamison, Brian Brown, Matthew Christopher, Elaine Kennedy, Dawn Shinkar, Rick Isaac, Kari Isaac, William Culver, Sam Etheredge, Nancy Wasness, Doug Martin, Marta Batche, Bobby Abercrombie, Lisa Abercrombie and Holly Mitchem.

 

Overall, we had 38 CERT members respond (including graduates) to the detonation of an explosive ordinance.  This detonation was the result of numerous acts of terrorism that occurred around the County.  Since no biological, radiological, or chemical ordinances were suspected at this location, the Spartanburg County CERT Team was asked to assess the scene, using extreme caution and care.  With suspected unexploded ordinances on scene, the vast majority of CERT members used extreme caution in this environment.  However, we lost one CERT member due to an explosion.  Luckily, the rest of the team remained intact. 

 

When the exercise concluded, four unfortunate souls were in the morgue (2 were tagged deceased, one victim was left unattended until he passed, and one CERT member got blew up).  Unlike exercises in the past, this exercise was not preplanned.  Therefore, everyone was acting on instinct and not a script.  While opinions vary on this methodology, most of the exercise participants felt this worked very well.  All assignments, staging, etc was done on the fly which added to the realism of the exercise.