February 15, 2012
CERT PROGRAM SEEKS MEMBERS
RAHWAY — The Rahway Police
Department is looking for people who want to make a difference
in their community. Volunteers will be trained to become
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.
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 Rahway CERT team recently was
activated to assist in the Hurricane Irene post-flood
notification held in flood prone areas of Rahway. There are
currently 40 trained members of the Rahway CERT.
The CERT program is designed to train
and set up communications between first responders and the
community to save lives following a major disaster. There will
be eight sessions (20 hours) consisting of the following topics:
Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Fire Suppression, Disaster
Medical Operations Part 1, Disaster Medical Operations Part 2,
Light Search & Rescue Operations, Disaster Psychology & Team
Organization, and Terrorism. There will also be a final
practical exercise realistic to this community help at the Union
County Fire Academy.
The Rahway Police Department is now
accepting applications from people within the community who are
at least 21 years old. The training will be held at the Rahway
Police Department Community Center located at 52 East Cherry
Street on Wednesdays from March 7 until April 25, between at
6:30 and 9 p.m.
Applications may be obtained at the
Rahway Police Department. For more information, contact
William Eicholz at (732) 827-2079.