DENVILLE, NJ – The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) seeks individuals to become volunteers of the Denville Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). OEM is holding a CERT training information session on Mon., Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in the second-floor conference room of the Denville Town Hall building (1 St. Mary’s Place).

CERT is a group of organized and trained neighborhood volunteer disaster workers who, during times of emergency, allow first responders to focus on life-threatening events and, during non-emergency periods, share information about proper emergency preparedness.

CERT volunteers receive 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training from experienced firefighters, emergency medical technicians and building personnel. From their training, they learn how to check on neighbors, suppress small fires, conduct light search and rescue missions and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort.

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According to OEM literature, CERT volunteers “are prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster.”

If you are interested in becoming a CERT volunteer and unable to attend the Oct. 21 information session or would like more information, contact Wesley Sharples, OEM coordinator, at wsharples@denvillepolice.org.

 

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