Monday, September 10, 2012

City of Hoboken Seeks Volunteers for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The latest training session for new CERT team volunteers has been announced by the City of Hoboken....

Interested Community Members Invited to Apply for Training

The City of Hoboken seeks to continue to build its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has scheduled a CERT training program for community members interested in volunteering.

CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.

If interested in joining CERT, please download and complete the application ( and return by email to Participation in CERT requires the successful completion of a training course on a range of subject matter specific to emergency response and disaster relief.

All classes will be conducted at the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 707 Clinton Street starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The training schedule is as follows:
  • 10/23/2012 - Disaster Preparedness
  • 10/30/2012 - Fire safety
  • 11/6/2012 - Disaster Medical Operations 1
  • 11/13/2012 - Disaster Medical Operations 2
  • 11/15/2012 - Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • 11/29/2012 - CERT Organization
  • 12/6/2012 - Disaster Psychology
  • 12/13/2012 - Terrorism and CERT
A final exam will be at the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps at a date to be determined.

Participants must attend every module of training as well as participate in the final emergency simulation exercise in order to receive certification as a fully trained CERT Team member.

Upon completion of the training, each participant will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit to maintain for future deployments. ◦