July 18, 2012
RAHWAY CERT RECEIVES FLOOD RESPONSE
Rahway Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will now be
better equipped to handle emergencies thanks to the help of a
new flood response utility trailer supplied by the New Jersey
Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
Members of Rahway CERT Team, which is an
all-volunteer unit, traveled to West Trenton on June 27 to pick
up their new trailer. The flood response trailer is equipped
with a generator, pumps and various tools needed during a flood
The City of Rahway is one of 15 Community
Emergency Response Teams from across New Jersey to receive a
specialized trailer, according to state officials.
Col. Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of
the New Jersey OEM, said the Garden State is home to one of the
nation's largest CERT programs, which has almost 19,000
volunteers organized into 432 teams.
"The program is robust because of citizen
engagement, neighbor helping neighbor, a New Jersey tradition.
We will continue to support our volunteers' efforts by equipping
them with resources, such as the Disaster Response and Flood
Response Utility Trailers," he said.
Rahway Police Chief and Office of Emergency
Management director John Rodger said “The City of Rahway is
committed to making the best possible resources available to our
first responders. This trailer and associated equipment adds
another dimension to our Flood Emergency Response team, and will
be a tremendous benefit to the citizens of Rahway.
For information on The Rahway Cert/ Flood team please contact
Detective William Eicholz
at (732) 827-2079.
Photo caption: From left, Rahway Dep. OEM coordinator Timothy
Dunn, Rahway CERT team leader John Pencak, Rahway CERT team
leader Dave Stuart, NJ State Police Superintendant Rick Fuentes,
and Detective William Eicholz Rahway CERT Team Coordinator
receive a flood response trailer in West Trenton.