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Teen Disaster training

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Some first responders are trying to get students involved, in case a disaster happens at their school.

Department of Homeland Security, the Austin Fire Department and the Austin Police Department have created a teen-community emergency response team or CERT.

Public safety groups are training the teens so students can react quickly during a disaster before authorities arrive.

Students are learning skills like search and rescue.

Rob Younger is a paramedic and part of the CERT program.

"A lot of times police, fire, and EMS can't always be there and we get overwhelmed in the event of a disaster. And so this gives them some training so they can keep themselves, their families, their neighbors, classmates in this case, keep them safe."

The CERT program is a three week course.

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