Emergency response team welcomes 12 new members

Prospective CERT members at IDOC's firing range
Prospective CERT members at IDOC's firing range

BOISE, June 11, 2011 – The elite team that is charged with responding to emergencies inside Idaho’s correctional facilities welcomed 12 new members at a graduation ceremony at Gowen Field in Boise.

The Correctional Emergency Response Team is the Idaho Department of Correction’s tactical team. CERT helps assure the smooth operation of Idaho’s prisons by always being ready for difficult assignments like quelling riots, rescuing hostages and moving large groups of inmates from one correctional facility to another. 

“Most people don’t know that one of the region’s best tactical teams works inside Idaho’s correctional system,” said IDOC Operations Chief Kevin Kempf.  “We are very proud of these dedicated men and women, and we are humbled by the sacrifices they make to keep the people of Idaho safe.”

Over the past nine days, correctional officers who have sought admission to the team have been pushed to their mental and physical limits at the CERT Academy at Gowen Field south of Boise. The officers have been required to demonstrate a mastery of advanced self-defense techniques, tactical team maneuvers and a variety of types of assault weapons and emergency response tools. In addition, throughout the duration of the academy CERT drill instructors have challenged the officers to meet the team’s rigorous physical requirements.

“This is an extreme academy,” says Marcus Horton, assistant academy commander. “The guys that volunteer for this and make it through it, they got a lot of heart and they care a lot about the department.” 

Story published: 07/10/2011
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