|Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Police Chief John Desmarais, Director, Cumberland Emergency Management Agency
Mr. Anthony Silva, Deputy Director & CERT Program Director
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations.
Over the next two years, the CERT program aims to double the number of participants nationwide, with over 400,000 individuals completing the 20 plus hours of training. Train-the-Trainer sessions will be held in all 56 states and territories over the next year to expand the program throughout the United States.
We are planning our next CERT class. If you are interested or know of any resident in Cumberland who may be interested , please fill out an application form and forward it to:
Mr. Anthony Silva Deputy Director,
The mission of the Community Emergency Response Team is to harness the power of the citizens of Cumberland, Rhode Island through education, training, and volunteer service to make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of any kind.
This mission is accomplished through community-based programs that build on our strengths and implement plans for our citizens to participate through:
Personal Responsibility: Developing household preparedness plans and disaster supplies kits, observing home health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting.