Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ‘Emergency Response Training’ and ‘Traffic Management’ Classes, April 16, 30
Written by Doug Hartline
Doug Hartline, RS
Redding CERT Training 2016
Incident Command System (ICS 100) Web based class
Monday March 28 7-9pm Redding Town Hall (Conf. Rm.)
Terrorism & Disaster Psychology
Chief Fuchs & Angelica Fontanez
Thursday March 31 7:30 – 9pm Redding Ridge Fire Department
Search & Rescue – Chief Ron VanOostendorp
Tuesday April 5 7:30-9:30pm Redding Town Hall (Hearing rm.)
First Aid – Steven Schnell
Saturday April 9 8 – 12 noon Georgetown Fire Department
Fire Safety, Hazardous Materials, Disaster Preparedness
Lieutenant Jim Mecozzi
Traffic Incident Management
SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016 830am – 430pm Sponsored by CT DEMHS Region 5 ESF-5
Delivered by the Connecticut Fire Academy, this eight hour course is designed to aid departments and organizations that are involved with traffic control at emergency scenes. This course consists of approximately 4 hours of classroom time and 4 hours of hands-on practical exercises
Open to area Fire Dept Fire Police, EMS orgs, and local CERT Groups.
Stony Hill FD
59 Stony Hill Rd
Bethel, CT 06801
Enroll by sending an email to G allifordt@Bethel-ct.gov with the following information:
● Which department/organization you are affiliated with (FD/EMS/CERT)
Space limited to 25 students. Sign up today!
The Bethel, Redding and Ridgefield Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) invite Bethel, Redding & Ridgefield Residents, CERT, Local Agencies & Others to participate in the Annual All Hazard Emergency Response Refresher Training Event
Randy T. Ashmore – Certified Emergency Management Director, Retired USCG Chief Petty Officer Tom Galliford, Emergency Management Director, Town of Bethel
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2015
Location: CJH Municipal Center, Rear Gym (off Wooster Street)
1 School Street, Bethel, CT 06801
Time: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
8:00 to 8:30 Registration / Continental Breakfast
8:30 to 8:40 Introduction
8:40 to 8:50 Pre-Test
8:50 to 9:20 Point of Dispensing (POD) Operation Presentation
9:20 to 9:30 Break
9:30 to 10:00 Role Play – Residents going through POD with Narration
10:00 to 10:10 Break; Refreshments with Attendees
10:10 to 11:50 POD Tabletop Exercise: Staff & Volunteers will work together as a team at their POD stations to perform in their role & responsibilities. Scenarios will be presented at each station for participants to resolve. Just in Time Training.
11:50 to 12:00 Post Test
12:00 to 1:30 Working Lunch; Hotwash Discussion of Emergency POD Operation, Question & Answer session, evaluation, program end
Open to all present and future volunteers in the towns of Bethel/
Redding CERT Frequently Asked Questions
What does the acronym CERT stand for?
Community Emergency Response Team
CERT is a group of volunteers trained in basic disaster response skills who when called upon would be able to assist others when first responders (fire, police, EMS personnel) are not immediately available or need support.
If a disaster overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors and their community until help arrives. Trained CERT members can also help support and assist first responders, enabling them to address the most critical issues at hand.
Yes. Redding CERT provided assistance in the recovery phase of the three storms that Redding experienced a few years back that caused week-long power outages. CERT ran the shelter at Joel Barlow High School, manned information tables, handed out food and water, and assisted in checking in on those in need. CERT has also been used for traffic control in non-emergency events i.e.… the Memorial Day Parade, Georgetown Day, Election Day, and Hazardous Waste Day.
CERT is a light commitment. Once the four classes along with the web-based course are completed CERT meets about every 6 weeks to help maintain and continue learning new skills. Sometimes CERT training, such as the Eversource (formerly CL&P) Lines Down class, is combined with local fire/ems department training. In addition to on-going training CERT members wishing to increase their skills have an open invitation to visit any of the local fire/ems departments that hold weekly training. They meet most Monday evenings. We’re proud to say some CERT members have become members of their local fire/ems department.
CERT members are contacted by the town wide Everbridge system. Everbridge generates an out-going message that reaches CERT members on their cell and home phones. The system also has the ability to send out messages via email. The message will provide updated information on developing issues or asks CERT members, if available, to report to a designated location or staging site for deployment. Redding CERT does test the Everbridge call-down system throughout the year to assure CERT members can be reached and confirm that contact information is up to date.
No. It is always understood that CERT members are volunteers. Your safety and your family’s safety come first. You do only what you feel comfortable doing. It’s perfectly fine if a CERT member does not feel comfortable deploying. It’s hoped that CERT training helps members prepare for emergencies, thus enabling them to be available and feel comfortable enough to help out during emergencies.
There’s a role and task at hand for anyone (age 18 & older) willing to help. As an example many times CERT members are needed to distribute or provide updated recovery information, or assist with the disaster info phone line. CERT members are asked to only do what they are comfortable doing. Safety is always first.
When officially deployed CERT volunteer liability is addressed and covered under Connecticut General Statute 28-1. CERT is covered under the Workers’ Compensation Program. CERT is considered a “civil preparedness force” and when called upon by the Redding Emergency Management Director, CERT is considered to be engaging in civil preparedness duty. The liability coverage provided by 28-1 is only in effect when CERT is officially deployed or during a scheduled training.
Although not covered under the state statute 28-1 that applies to CERT, individuals wishing to help out in an emergency situation are covered under the Connecticut Good Samaritan Law if they chose to render emergency assistance on their own. Most CERT members are trained in first aid, CPR, and AED use.
Redding CERT has a certification course starting Monday evening March 28. Call the Redding CERT coordinator Doug Hartline at 203-938-2559 or by email email@example.com to sign up for the classes. Once completing the CERT 4 class course, along with completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Command 100b on line course, you are then a certified CERT member.