Community emergency responders from several organizations and New Mexico counties will come together on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in the first-ever New Mexico Preparedness Network CERT Rodeo at the Bernalillo County Fire Academy.

This Community Emergency Response Team or CERT training event gives graduates the opportunity to practice skills introduced in the 8-week CERT training course. CERT participants will practice skills such as incident command, medical treatment, patient transport, tower search and rescue, triage and other fun team-building exercises.

UNM will have two groups participating in the event including the Medical Reserve Corps, which will staff the triage station, and the UNM Campus CERT (C-CERT) which will participate in the patient transport station led by University Emergency Manager Byron Piatt.

“This will be a great opportunity for CERT members from different communities around the state to come together and demonstrate the skills they've learned,” Piatt said. “This will also be a time to show the public how this type of training can benefit themselves, their family and their community.”

In addition to the UNM CERT teams, other participants include Albuquerque CERT, Los Ranchos CERT and the Rio Rancho CERT.

CERT participants should register in advance of the event. Participants will have to provide CERT graduation documentation. Volunteers are also needed in support this event. Both CERT and non-CERT volunteers are welcome; however, pre-registration is a must.

For more information and or registration information, contact Felecia Schreier at or visit

The event will be held at the Bernalillo County Fire Academy located at 4401 Broadway SE, which is just south of Rio Bravo in Albuquerque.