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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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As part of the Town of West Hartford’s commitment to increasing the community's emergency preparedness, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was re-established on March 3, 2021. 

West Hartford CERT is a group of local volunteers from different neighborhoods who receive special training to enhance their ability to recognize, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster. As an organized team, individuals can provide vital services in the absence of and while waiting for the arrival of emergency responders;  they often also assist once responders arrive. 

The team is considered an integral part of the Town’s Office of Emergency Management under the direction of Fire Chief Greg Priest. 

CERT training consists of a basic standardized 20-hour course and additional training in shelter management, first aid, and disaster preparedness. Professional responders train CERT teams in areas that will help them care for themselves and others before, during, and after a major emergency. CERT members will also take an online FEMA training course. 

The next Basic Training class will begin Saturday, October 12, 2024. 

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For more information about our local CERT program, you can reach us at or call the Town’s CERT coordinator, Robert McCue at 860-561-8310.