Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
As part of the Town of West Hartford’s commitment to increase the emergency preparedness of the community, 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 that receive special training to enhance their ability to recognize, respond to, and recover from a major emergency or disaster situation. 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 which is under the direction of Fire Chief Greg Priest.
CERT training consists of a basic standardized 20-hour course followed by additional training in shelter management, first aid, and disaster preparedness. Teams are trained by professional responders in areas that will help them take care of 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 on February 20, 2024.