Stamford will graduate its fourth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) this week from its Basic Training Class, bringing the total number of members up to 54, Mayor Michael Pavia announced Tuesday.
"When a disaster strikes, it is very important to have volunteers in the city of Stamford trained in basic emergency response skills to assist in various capacities," Pavia said in a release.
The Stamford CERT program is in place to train volunteers to safely care for themselves and their neighbors during emergencies or disasters and to assist first responders when agencies are overtaxed during a critical response.
“We learned firsthand by our experience with Superstorm Sandy how important it is to have trained volunteers to offer assistance,” said Public Safety, Health & Welfare Director Ted Jankowski. “They are an invaluable resource for our city.” 28 CERT members provided over 900 volunteer hours during the recent Superstorm Sandy.
A ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, in the lobby of the Stamford Government Center at 6 p.m.