MONROE, CT — Those interested in helping their neighbors, and the entire community, can train to be members of Monroe’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
CERT volunteers were seen helping out at vaccine clinics, as well as events like the town’s Memorial Day Parade, the 9/11 United Ride, concerts at Wolfe Park and at Monroe’s Night at the Park.
Prospective new members participate in 20 hours of training covering a
range of topics including emergencies involving disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical emergencies and similar events.
One of the goals of CERT is to provide support for the town’s first responders in the fire, police and emergency medical services.
Monroe CERT is sponsoring an introductory meeting to explain the training process on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road.
Anyone interested in this training is invited to attend.
Monroe CERT will work with other CERT programs in Fairfield County, so there will be four virtual sessions on Wednesday evenings and three in-person sessions on Saturday mornings.
“During the pandemic, we in CERT are doing everything possible to recognize the COVID guidelines and observe the appropriate precautions in our meetings and training,” said David York, Monroe’s CERT coordinator.
Those interested in joining CERT can also call York, 203-650-8474, or email him at [email protected].