Harwinton, Conn., asks for volunteers to join emergency response team

Harwinton, Conn., Emergency Management Director Vincent Wheeler said on Tuesday that he is looking for volunteers to join the town's Community Emergency Response Team to provide a higher level of emergency service.

"During our last storm we had people come forward that wanted to help out in some way, but people that want to help in disaster [situations] can't because they need to be trained," Wheeler said, according to the Register Citizen.

The training course will begin on March 25, and run one day a week for eight weeks. Wheeler said the class is free, and participants must be at least 18 years of age, the the Register Citizen reports.

Instructor Michelle Durocher said the class will teach first aid, disaster preparedness, fire extinguisher use and light search and rescue.

"Once you're CERT certified you can go on to other things like SART, state animal response team. There's other things that can be incorporate into CERT work," Durocher said, according to the Register Citizen.

During an emergency, members of the CERT team would work at shelters, the emergency operation center and conduct wellness checks, among other tasks.

"The CERT volunteers will be used at local events, like fairs, Saturday Jamboree, so they will gain experience and keep fresh [with their training]," Wheeler said, according to the Register Citizen.