By Tom Klein
Our Kern River Valley Community Emergency Response Team (KRVCERT) trailer was broken into on Friday, November 30. Our generator was stolen along with other necessary equipment. We are a volunteer, nonprofit organization that assist the first responders during disasters. We don’t have the funds to replace the equipment. We also work with the American Red Cross. During the Erskine Fire, our team put in 650 volunteer hours during the incident working in shelters, handling donations and security. During every wildland fire we have in the Kern River Valley, we are always assisting the American Red Cross opening shelters for those needing help. We put in 400 hours during the man hunt in the Kern River Valley in 2015. We also hold training on a monthly basis. In January, we will be teaching Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED, which is open to the public. The cost is $35 but if you would like to pay more to help us replace this equipment, it would be deeply appreciated. We have been supporting the Kern River Valley since January 2004. Our equipment is critical in assisting us during disasters. We can’t thank you enough for your support in helping us during this unfortunate situation. This will ensure that our trailer is stocked properly to assist us in the next disaster.