Eatontown: After completing 7 weeks in a classroom setting, totaling 21 hours, CERT volunteers spent their Saturday morning at a vacated facility in Fort Monmouth completing their training with a practical exam. Instructors set up 4 modules and the 15 volunteers were split into groups. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team.
Each group completed a module and moved on to the next. There were 2 modules inside and 2 outside, the weather cooperated enough to finish both of the outside modules. Volunteers came from Eatontown, Oceanport, Shrewsbury, Red Bank, Ocean Township and Tinton Falls. It was a group effort that came together after an Open House was held seeking volunteers at the Eatontown Fire House back in February of this year.
Each of the volunteers were given a bag with gear to be used. The Federal Government provided the equipment which included a hard hat, gloves, eye protection, vests and a tool to turn off a gas outlet. The modules were set up to simulate emergency situations that the volunteers could encounter.
Ryan served as the victim to be bandaged and splinted in the first aid module. Tanner was trapped under a sofa and could not move; CERT volunteers moved in after searching the building and moved the sofa that had him trapped. A fire pit was set up with gasoline and diesel; volunteers used various fire extinguishers to learn which type was most effective to put out the fire. The last module was a training exercise to move a concrete barrier.
CERT is part of the Citizens Corps program, the events of September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten, and true spirit was awakened in the U.S. public that day and was the birthplace for this program.
To find out more and to get involved visit their web site www.state.nj.us/njoem