Be prepared


Members of Elburn Boy Scout Troop 7, working on their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, participated in a mock “search and rescue” exercise held at Elburn Forest Preserve the morning of April 14. The exercise was a coordinated effort between Troop 7, the Elburn Police and Fire Departments, the Elburn Explorers and the Elburn Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The participants located, built a stretcher for (out of sticks and sweatshirts), applied a leg splint (using sticks and socks) and rescued the lost child in under two hours (three hours were allotted). Here, Elburn Police Sergeant Ron Brandenburg addressing the Scouts to explain the scenario (a child lost in the woods), and the proper procedures to be followed for search and rescue. Photo by Patti Wilk