Community Emergency Response (CERT) Training

Community Emergency response team CERT in green and blackAre you interested in community-based preparedness and response? This spring, the Town of Wakefield will offer residents over the age of 18 the opportunity to be part of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

This nationwide program formally educates individuals in disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  In addition to providing support during an emergency, Wakefield’s participants could be called upon as a resource at large events, like the Independence Day parade and town festivals.

After completing all 20 hours of training, CERT members will have developed the skills to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards and help organize basic disaster response. Classes will be four hours each, from 6 to 10 p.m., over five evenings. While the final schedule is still being finalized, classes will take place in April and May in Wakefield’s Public Safety Building.

Tom Walsh, Wakefield’s Emergency manager, will connect with all interested residents with the complete schedule.