Friday, February 10, 2012

Bridgewater CERT Program Commencement

The Town of Bridgewater's Emergency Management Department is pleased to announce the completion of the Town's inaugural Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. Certificates of completion will be awarded to 15 local citizens who have successfully completed the program and are now members of Bridgewater's first CERT. You are cordially invited to join the acknowledging of these man and women on their achievement on:

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7PM
Bridgewater Police Station Community Room
220 Pleasant Street
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 are affected, lost communications and impassable roads. A large scale event will prevent people from accessing conventional emergency services. 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, simulation exercises and non-emergency town events.

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