Wednesday, January 5, 2011

CERT Program Commencement

The Town of Bridgewater's Emergency Management Department is pleased to announce the completion of the Town's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program. Certificates of completion will be awarded to 13 local citizens who have successfully completed the program and are now members of Bridgewater's CERT (BCERT) and of the United States Citizen's Corp. You are cordially invited to join me in acknowledging these men and women on their achievement on:

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Bridgewater Police Station Community Room

220 Pleasant St., Bridgewater, MA

Parking and access to the Community Room are at the rear of the Police Station

Following a disaster, community members may be on their own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications and impassable roads. CERT Programs in communities across the country support local response capability by training volunteers about the hazards they face, to organize themselves at a disaster site and to provide immediate assistance to victims until help arrives.

Bridgewater's CERT training consisted of 20 hours of instruction to local volunteers in topics including Disaster Preparedness, Medical Operations, Damage Assessment, Fire Suppression, Terrorism and Light Search and Rescue. The curriculum, taught by local professionals and experts, is aimed at teaching citizens how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the first critical hours and days following a large scale natural or man-made disaster.

Additionally, CERT members received American Heart Association CPR certification and participated in hands-on skills during 10 weeks of training. Members are encouraged to continue their involvement in the program through advanced training classes, refresher courses and simulation exercises. Future CERT Training Sessions are planned, including Spring 2011 to build Bridgewater's CERT Program.

Most recently, over a dozen BCERT Members assisted American Red Cross in shelter operations at both the Bridgewater Senior Center and Whitman-Hanson Regional High School following the blizzard.

I hope you can join me on Monday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. to show your appreciation and to support Bridgewater's CERT on their involvement in assisting in our community's overall safety and disaster preparedness efforts.

George W. Rogers, Jr.

Bridgewater Fire Chief

Director of Emergency Management

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