This winter, the Brookline Police Department is offering a specialized 10-week Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. The training will be offered weekly from 6:30-9:30 pm, on Tuesdays, beginning on January 22nd and concluding with a graduation ceremony on April 9th. Classes will be held at the Brookline Emergency Operations Center, 870 Hammond St and the BPD Headquarters, 350 Washington Street.
The CERT training program includes: CPR/AED and first aid, basic fire suppression, personal emergency preparedness, mass care, shelter operations, directing traffic and search and rescue. Please be advised that some parts of the training may be physically demanding (i.e., holding and operating a fire extinguisher). Attendance at a minimum of 8 classes is mandatory for certification. In addition to the 10-week certification program, regular continuing education courses are offered throughout the year in partnership with the Brookline Medical Reserve Corps on a variety of topics such as, amateur radio operations, NIMS/ICS, operating flu clinics, stress during emergencies and dealing with animals in emergencies, as well as, field trips, drills and regular meetings. Currently, there are over 125 certified CERT members and we hope to add an additional 20 through this training.
The skills developed in this training will enable CERT participants to assist the Town's emergency workers during a major event. These events could include an attack on our nation, a natural or man-made disaster, extended electrical outages, missing person searches, weather-related crises, or any number of situations that we are hopeful will never face our community. Areas in which volunteers would likely be used include assisting at shelters and emergency dispensing sites, assisting with an evacuation and manning information booths or telephones during a crisis. Some examples of activations for the CERT team have included leafleting during the water crisis, opening shelters and assisting victims of building fires and setting up warming/cooling shelters along the race route for the Boston Marathon.
If you are interested in participating in the Brookline CERT Training Program, an application may be download from the BPD website at www.brooklinema.gov/police, under Programs or request one via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please return applications by January 11th. Please be aware that space for this class is limited. In the event that we are not able to accommodate all applicants, we will be looking to offer an additional CERTtraining program later in the year. Please feel free to contact the CERT Program Coordinators Officer Casey Hatchett and Detective Mike Raskin at (617) 730-2734 with any questions. Thank you in advance for your service to the community.