CERT - Community Emergency Response Team PDF Print E-mail

The Town of Brookline completed training our 8th Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class this past December. The Brookline CERT program, part of the Federal emergency Management Agency's Citizen Corp Program, helps train residents to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in our community.

When emergencies occur, 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 Brookline CERT has come out for a variety of emergencies over the last several year - view complete list
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. FEMA made this training available nationally in 1993. Since this time, CERT programs have been established in more than 340 communities in 45 states.
The Town of Brookline's CERT team now consists of 125 trained and dedicated volunteers who are willing to assist emergency response personnel in times of crisis.  CERT trainees receive a 10 week training program that includes emergency response procedures, basic fire suppression, CPR/AED and first aid, Red Cross Shelter Operations, mass care, and other skills that can be utilized to assist emergency responders during a critical incident.


Contact: Officer Casey Hatchett at 617-730-2734 or chatchett@brooklinema.gov for more information about the Brookline CERT.

On February 26th, CERT Coordinators Officer Casey Hatchett and Detective Mike Raskin, along with SRT Officer Peter Muise, presented to 75 teachers and staff members at Driscoll School on emergency preparedness. If you would like us to present on emergency preparedness to your community group or organization, please email: chatchett@brooklinema.gov

Driscoll presentation


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