Volunteers step up to help Jackson
JACKSON — The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has added 28 civilians to its roster. The newest members of Jackson's CERT program were recognized at the April 14 meeting of the Township Council.
CERT volunteers are trained to deal with man-made and natural disasters that could impact the community. The volunteers would be called upon to help officials respond to the specific emergency.
CERT Deputy Coordinator Dick Borys said, "These are diligent students. I have enjoyed working with them during the past couple of months."
The newest CERT members are Sandra Fellen, Kenneth Ballan, Jerry Bronfeld, John Lehmann, Dick Phillips, Harry Wiko, Phil Hackmeyer, Stephenie Brown, Ilene Menkes, Josephine Morse, Dennis Cohen, Sharon Cohen, Jay Lisnow, Julie Devine, Tom Devine, Patrick Gallagher, Jay Weiss, John Frankowski, Jerry Pims, Bill Greenblum, Maria Meeker, Colleen O'Connor, Janet Marzocca, Arlene Carucci, Bill Lally, Marvin Aronowitz, Robert Rosenberg and Stanley Dudek.
Mayor Mike Reina thanked the volunteers for going through the training program that has resulted in their certification as CERT participants. He noted that the CERT program was started by former President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.
CERT Coordinator Al Robbins said CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people that the emergency responders serve. He said the goal is for emergency personnel to train people in different neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces in basic response skills.
Robbins said those who complete the CERT training will be better prepared to help not only themselves but their community. Skills learned can be used in the event of a personal emergency, a national disaster, or any situation in between, he said.
Topics covered during the CERT training sessions include disaster preparedness; fire safety, fundamentals for survival; disaster medical operations, triage and treating life-threatening injuries; disaster medical operations, assessment, treatment and hygiene; light search and rescue; team organization, to organize and deploy safely and efficiently; disaster psychology, caring for yourself, your friends and victims; and terrorism and CERT, what it is, what to do, and how to help yourself and your country.
There are no written exams with the training.
The next Jackson CERT class is expected to begin in mid-May. Training classes are generally held in the evening. For more information about becoming involved, call Jackson police Capt. Rick Ferrarelli at 732-833-3006.
— Dave Benjamin