SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police department is offering CERT training for individuals and community groups. CERT - Community Emergency Response Team - is a program that educates people about disaster preparedness, for hazards that may impact their area, and trains attendees in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Following a major disaster, first responders may not be able to meet the demand for fire and medical services. Factors such as the number of victims, communication failures and road blockages may prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect via 911. CERT provides the training and skills necessary to bridge this gap, allowing for people to assist others' life saving and sustaining needs.
CERT training is delivered in two and a-half hour sessions, one evening a week for seven weeks. There are positions of need for all manner of physical abilities. To register or to receive further information, contact Lieutenant Michael Cantone at 908/273-0051 or via e-mail at mcantone@cityof summit.org.