HOPATCONG CERT TEAM
Q: What is CERT?
A: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Hopatcong or Sussex County and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Q: How Does CERT benefit me, my family and the community?
A: People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.
Q: How do I take CERT training?
A: To become a CERT member, you will have to take the CERT training. This training is 11 sessions each two hours long. The classes will be held here in Hopatcong. If you are interested please contact Officer Haffner at (973) 398-5000 ext 247
Pictures of the Cert Team
treating a back injury CPR instruction Splinting a leg wound
patient assessment The students
MIssing Child Exercise
CERT team, Hopatcong Fire Department #2 And Hopatcong EMS during a simulated lost child in the woods scenario 07/21/05
Hopatcong Police Officer Mike Luciani's K-9 unit. Our "victim" Terri Ann with a compound fracture
THE CERT TEAM LEARNS ABOUT FIRE FROM FRANK RODIMER OF HONEYWELL.. CAN A FIRE EXTINGUISHER PUT OUT A FIRE THIS BIG?
IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SWEEPING MOTIONS AT THE BASE OF THE FIRE IF DONE CORRECTLY THE FIRE WILL GO OUT.
THE CERT TEAM LEARNS ABOUT ELECTRICAL FIRES IN A HOME THE HEAT FROM THIS FIRE PUSHED THE SMOKE DOWN
CERT GRADUATION 8/17/06
HOPATCONG BORO C.E.R.T. TEAM GRADUATED IT'S THIRD CLASS ON NOVEMBER 14, 2006 AT THE HOPATCONG FIRE CO#2.
THE CLASS CONSISTED OF 11 MEMBERS WHO SHOWED PROFICIENCY IN ALL AREAS. THE CLASS PARTICIPATED IN A FINAL
PRACTICAL EXCERCISE AT THE HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 16, 2006, ALONG WITH THE HELP OF VETERAN
MEMBERS. BELOW ARE SOME OF THE PICTURES OF THAT EXCERCISE.
PREPERATION TO ENETER SCENE SEARCH AND RESCUE
INCIDENT COMMAND POST PATIENT EVALUATION