Big Bear Lake, CA, February 16, 2013 – On February 7, 2013 Big Bear CERT members were activated by the San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services. There were 51 active CERT members who responded to the activation. Their main duties were to support the Bear Valley Unified School District. CERT was asked to stand down the next day since the schools were closed. McKenzie Simmons, CERT President, has expressed her appreciation for the overwhelming response. The objective of the Big Bear Valley Community Emergency Response Team is to provide public education, training and opportunities for volunteers to support community and family safety. CERT members are trained in disaster preparedness with skills like light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, fire safety, first aid, CPR, and much more. For more information go to the Big Bear Valley CERT website.