ISP CERT squad takes 3rd at state competition

An Iowa State Penitentiary CERT trio took 3rd place at a state competition in Fort Dodge. Photo courtesy of ISP.


FORT MADISON – Iowa State Penitentiary’s Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) took home third place recently at the CERT Challenge held in Fort Dodge.

CERT officers Brendon Freeman, Aaron Landers and Shane Jobe represented the prison at the challenge. Twelve teams, including two from the Iowa State Patrol, competed in multiple skill areas to take home top honors. Each team of three had to complete in ten different challenges or stations, which were timed. The stations consisted of using weapons such as the handgun, rifle and shotgun, as well as physical activities such as breaching doors and carrying weighted dummies. In addition, the teams had to don gas masks to locate and rescue a dummy in a smoke filled trailer.

The CERT Team from Fort Dodge took first place, followed by Anamosa, Fort Madison, Iowa State Patrol and IMCC took 5th place.

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