CERT gives Florida town extra layer of emergency response

Davie Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) leader Julie Downey told BioPrepWatch.com that no entity can be completely prepared for a biological attack.

Although complete preparation is difficult, maybe even impossible, Davie Fire Rescue has resources available and would use them in the event of a biological outbreak or attack, Downey said. One of those resources is Davie’s Community Emergency Response Team. CERT members would assist with a point of distribution if the Broward County Department of Health deemed one necessary, Downey said.

“The town of Davie Fire and Rescue works closely with the Department of Health of Broward County and their BioWatch program,” Downey said.

The Davie Fire Rescue CERT program offers two basic eight-week training sessions throughout the year, with additional training every other month after initial training. Since the program’s establishment, nearly 300 individuals have been trained in the CERT basic training course, which consists of 13 classes.