SPARTA, NJ - Sparta Township is preparing to hold the seventh round of Community Emergency Response Team training for anyone interested in learning how to assist family, friends and neighbors in the event of an emergency.  Participants will receive training in basic disaster response, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations along with other related topics.

The CERT team falls under the umbrella of the Sparta Township Emergency Preparedness steering committee as part of the Office of Emergency Management, directed by Chief of Police Neil Spidaletto. Training will be provided free of charge. 

Classes meet Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th from 9 AM to 5PM.  The program is open to ages 16 and older.

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The topics that will be covered in the training include:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety and utility controls
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Light search and rescue
  • Disaster psychology
  • CERT organization
  • CERT and terrorism
  • Disaster simulation

The training sessions will take place at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center which is located at 135 Morris Turnpike in Newton.

Alex Kloian, Sparta resident and CERT trainer, will run the sessions, based on FEMA guidelines. Kloian has extensive CERT experience having been active in the CERT program since 2002.    

CERT is a national program sponsored by the FEMA.  The training is transferable to anywhere in the country.  For additional information about the FEMA program please visit http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams.

Those interested in attending the training must register by emailing Sparta.nj.cert@gmail.com 

This training is open to all Sussex County residents.