The City of Manchester continues to seek volunteers for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT participants are Manchester residents and/or employees of a Manchester based business or school who complete a 20 hour basic CERT training course instructed by our local police officers and fire fighters. Our CERT members range in age from their early twenties to senior citizens. Everyone can benefit from the training.
CERT personnel are called upon to participate in regular trainings and exercises that are designed to enhance the community’s emergency response capability. Training includes disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology & team organization and response to terrorism.
The CERT Program is designed to train citizens within the Manchester community to deal with an emergency/disaster that by its size and magnitude may overwhelm the ability of a limited number of emergency response personnel to meet all the demands for service. In a disaster, delays in public service responses can be expected. CERT volunteers expand our local government’s available community resources to handle an emergency. With CERT, trained volunteers can be relied upon to provide aide to the community and to support the efforts of professional public service personnel.
The Manchester CERT Program has experienced considerable growth over the last several years. Additional trainings and exercises are planned as the program increases its effectiveness and improves our community’s emergency/disaster response capability. An application for CERT training can be found on the City’s website or is available at the front desk at City Hall. Please direct any inquiries concerning CERT to Lt. Timothy Walsh at 636/227-1385 ext# 119.