COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department began promoting nationwide the use of the Community Emergency Response Team concept in 1994. Since then, Community Emergency Response Teams have been established in hundreds of communities. In Ocean County we now have over twelve teams with over five hundred team members.
Community Response Team training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations or workplaces in basic response skills. Community Emergency Response Team members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.
If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community's emergency response, Community Emergency Response Team members can assist others by applying basic response and organizational skills that they have learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until help arrives. These skills can also be utilized during daily emergencies.
Community Emergency Response Team members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skills base. Finally, Community Emergency Response Team members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.
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This free training takes place in eight separate sessions (two or three hours long). Whether you want to become a Community Emergency Response Team member or learn the disaster techniques to help yourself and your family, this training will greatly benefit you and your community. If you are interested in joining our Township team or you would like some additional information, please contact our office at (609) 693-4007 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org