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West Essex Emergency Team Wants You

Free C.E.R.T. training offered to residents of Essex County.

When Hurricane Irene in Fairfield last August, hundreds of volunteers jumped into action.

Among them were members of the West Essex C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team). The trained volunteers helped evacuate residents, staffed a shelter and assisted with distributing clean water and other needs.

C.E.R.T. is currently seeking new members to join the team.

“The purpose of C.E.R.T. is to train citizens in emergency preparedness,” explained West Essex C.E.R.T. Administrator Kevin Hersh. “They can then take care of their homes first, than assist their town when called upon.”

Residents of Essex County who are 18 and older can take a C.E.R.T. training course in October offered by the Essex County College Police Academy Staff and the Essex County Office of Emergency Management.

Dates are Oct. 9, 11, 16, 18 and 20. The training will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for two consecutive weeks, culminating in a disaster drill on Saturday morning.

The course is free to residents of Essex County, $75 to residents of other counties.

“There are nine modules to the course that include cribbing, chemical, triage and fire. It is really an engaging course and I encourage everyone to take it,” said Hersh.

The class is limited to 60 students so early registration is recommended.

To register, download the PDF application above.

Kevin Hersh August 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
West Essex CERT has been used in every town it serves. Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, and West Caldwell. We mostly help the Police departments at special events however during emergencies, we work with the Police, Fire, OEM as well as communicate with the Red Cross and Fema. Consider training. It is invaluable to home safety and your service supports your community. Kevin Hersh
Allen Fox August 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I am a 68 year old former West Caldwell volunteer fireman (20 years) who lived in West Essex for forty years. I retired a few years ago and moved to the Jersey shore. i have now returned to West Essex (the Highlands at Hilltop). I am interested in CERT membership. Please advise if you see a need for my help. Allen Fox at alabee@aol.com or 973.433.7012.
Allen Fox August 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am a 68 year old former West Caldwell volunteer fireman (20 years). I lived in West Cadwell for 40 years while employed as a labor union organizer/negotiator. I retired a few years ago and moved to the Jersey shore. I have now returned to West Essex at the Highlands at Hilltop. CERT is a service that has spiked my interest. Please contact me if my experience and service can be used. Allen Fox / alabee@aol.com / 973-433-7012.
Kevin Hersh August 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
We recognize the anniversary of Hurricane Irene with warm weather this year. But 365 days ago, that was quite another story. If not for emergency services and the many community volunteers, late August and the month of September would have been very difficult. Please consider being prepared for an emergency for your home and your community by training to be a CERT member this October. Click here to download an application. Class size is limited so apply as soon as possible. Ages 18 and up may apply. wecert.org/pdf/CERT_October_Training_Registration_Form.pdf

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