The Borough of South Plainfield’s, Officer of Emergency Management, it currently looking to expand its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Application are available on the South Plainfield Borough website.
The (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact our community and educates them in basic disaster response skills. Some of these skills are, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations. This allows the professional responders to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, responding to, and recovering from, disasters is established and enhanced. CERT cans also assist in non-disaster roles as well. Some of these roles include volunteering for the community. CERT can help with non-emergency projects such as, Identifying and aiding neighbors and coworkers who might need assistance during an emergency or disaster. Distributing preparedness materials and doing preparedness demonstrations. Staffing first aid booths and preparedness displays at health fairs, county fairs, Graduations, Parades/Fireworks, assisting with traffic and crowd management at these large community events and other special events. The South Plainfield CERT team also has several Hamm Radio Operators who are members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club & Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. (SPARC and RACES). The CERT members can also assist with the installation of smoke alarms for seniors and special needs households. These are just some of the task that our current CERT Team can and does do for the community of South Plainfield.
So, if you are interested in volunteering for the South Plainfield CERT team, please see the application on the Borough of South Plainfield Website to apply or click on the link below:
Chief James Parker OEM Coordinator
Capt. Charles Siedenburg Deputy OEM Coordinator
Lt. Wendell Born Deputy OEM Coordinator