MONROE, Conn. -- Residents looking to become involved in helping the community during emergencies will want to take part in the upcoming Monroe Department of Emergency Management training program to become a member of the local Community Emergency Response Team.
The class schedule begins with an orientation on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road. Training sessions will be held on Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 6 and 7, and also May 13 and 14. The graduation will be on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center.
Following the class, attendees will be prepared to help family, friends, neighbors and the community as they actively assist Monroe’s Emergency Services during emergencies such as snow storms, floods or natural and man-made incidents. Monroe Emergency
“In the couple of years since CERT volunteers have been active, they have assisted at summer concerts in Wolfe Park, assisted at other events in town, also helped Newtown CERT with an activity there, and most importantly helped for many hours with sheltering townspeople at the Senior Center during our several serious storms and power outages," said Management Director David York. “CERT members have provided assistance to our first responders since they have been trained and are able to help Monroe Police, Fire, Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, along with shelter personnel, as well as residents and neighbors when a disaster strikes.”
The training sessions will be conducted by four local members of the Monroe CERT, all of whom have been certified as CERT Instructors by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Other local instructors will include members from the town police, fire and EMS services.
Persons interested in being certified as CERT members need to be trained for a minimum of 20 hours. There is no cost for the training. Attendees must be 18 years old.