Community Emergency Response Team training program holds graduation
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
During the graduation for the Community Emergency Response Team at Hope Springs Church in Stafford on June 26, 11 students received their certification after attending 10 classes.
With this certification, the graduates will be able to engage in emergency response duties such as light search and rescue, medical triage, traffic control (at parades and other such public events), small fire suppression, CPR, and they will be able to staff emergency shelters.
The course was instructed by William Nelligan, the director of environmental health, safety and sustainability at Wesleyan University. Natalie Clark assisted Nelligan with teaching the class after earning a certificate as a CERT trainer.
“There has always been a need for a CERT team in this area, but with the storm of October 2011, it was obvious that the time for waiting was over,” said Clark. “Richard Shuck, the first selectman of Stafford, agreed that we should do this now, and with his support, it was able to happen.” Clark said she hopes that this is just the beginning of a successful emergency response program that can serve the area for many years to come. She is glad to have the 11 team members now, but encourages others to follow in their footsteps by joining future training programs.
Frank Prochaska is the emergency management supervisor for the team. Clark, Prochaska and Nelligan donated a great deal of time to make this team happen. Not only did they instruct the students in this course for a total of 24 hours, but there were many hours put in behind the scenes, as well.
“We really want to thank Tom Dziewa of summit-clothing.com, for giving us such a great deal on our t-shirts and doing them in less than two weeks. We also thank Hope Springs Church in Stafford for donating the use of the church for all of our meetings, as well as our graduation,” said Clark.
The graduates were: Jeff Aborn, Alissa Criniti, JoAnne Fecher, Alexsandra Gagnon, Lois Goodin, Wendy Larette, Amanda Matysik, Barbara Sabo, Kim Post, Nicholas Woods and Tamatha Race.