I thought it could be helpful to record some short videos showing some of the adaptions and modifications that we made to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course here in Brazil. Unfortunately the quality of the videos isn't that great, however I hope that could be of use to those who are adapting the standard CERT course for use in different cross-cultural applications.

These videos are on my Youtube channel, however here some links and brief explanations as well.

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First aid classes for city school teachers and teachers' aids

Last week I taught two more basic first aid courses to city school teachers and teachers' aids. There were in addition to the two other courses that I taught to school directors and teachers before travelling overseas, and all of these classes, which I gave on a volunteer basis, were very well received.

Here are some photos from the last two courses.

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Visit to Fire Department

Today I was able to take some of the members of our Teen CERT group to visit the Nova Friburgo division of the Rio de Janeiro State Military Fire Department (CBMERJ). The young folk were shown through the ALS ambulance, rescue vehicle and fire engine and received demonstrations of equipment including breathing apparatus and the jaws of life. They then had the opportunity to practise using hose lines.

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Here are a couple of photos of Kevin and Marlon trying out the software that I have written and installed on our two working computers: Kevin was testing his English vocabulary whilst Marlon was doing some times tables.

The software, which I started writing on Sunday and is over 2,000 lines of Visual Basic code, ensures that the teens do some schoolwork revision before they get to use the games or internet.

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