Community Emergency Response Team
The Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) a trained group of citizen volunteers
who will respond in the event of a disaster, or an imminent
threat of a disaster, in Bloomfield Township. The CERT
program helps our Township residents to be better prepared
to survive and recover from all hazards including severe
weather, flooding, major power outages, fire, transportation
or hazardous materials incidents, weapons of mass
destruction such as biological, radiological, nuclear or
explosive-incendiary incidents. Furthermore, CERT volunteers
are better able to help themselves, their families,
neighbors and co-workers in an event of a disaster that
slows, hinders, or overwhelms normal response capabilities
of the public safety departments.
CERT training is open to all interested Bloomfield Township
residents and those who are employed in Bloomfield Township.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old, receive a
background investigation, successfully complete CERT
training, and participate in yearly trainings to advance and
maintain their skills. People completing the training may
apply for membership on the Bloomfield Township CERT.
Through a combination of classroom and hands-on
exercises, training covers:
- Disaster Fire Suppression
- Disaster Medical Operations
- Disaster Simulation
- Disaster Preparedness
- Disaster Psychology
- Light Search & Rescue
- Team Organization
- Terrorism Awareness
This is a free 20-hour course presented by the Bloomfield
Township Fire and Police Departments.
There is no date set for the next course, but if you are
interested, complete and submit the following application.
You will be notified when the next course is planned.
Application for Basic Training
The completion of this application does not guarantee you
a spot in a training session nor does it guarantee you a
spot on the Bloomfield Township CERT. You will be placed on
a list of interested volunteers on a first come, first serve
*all fields required
November 17, 2012
Saturday, November 17 at about 10:00 PM, CERT member Ken
Loftus received a call from Bloomfield Township Fire
Department Captain Chris Whitehead who requested a CERT
deployment to aid in the search of a missing eleven year-old
child. By 10:30, six CERT members reported to the staging
area at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, on N. Adams Road.
They were grouped into two teams, assigned radios, and given
an area to search. They coordinated their efforts with
Bloomfield Township Fire Department, patrol officers and
some neighbors and relatives of the missing girl.
The teams drove slowly throughout a hilly subdivision on the
west side of Adams Rd., using their headlights and portable
search lights. Just before midnight, they received a radio
communication informing them that the child had returned to
her home and the search was terminated. CERT members
gathered at the staging area to return their radios before
going back to their own homes.
Many thanks go to CERT members Ken Loftus, Bill Carson, Ron
Cousineau, Jim Strode, Cheryl Schiller and Ted Hollenkamp.
June 11, 2011
CERT Volunteers assisted in making Bloomfield Township’s
Employee 5K Run a safe event. This run was the first event
of this type for the township so the presence and
contribution of CERT was beneficial for both the awareness
of CERT capabilities and coordination with township
Su-Chuan Chuang, Jim Strode, Marne Prouty and John Shaw were
all prepared and enthusiastic about the event and
professionally represented the CERT organization.
January 15, 2007
of a CERT response occurred on January 15, 2007. The
Bloomfield Township Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
was called into action for the very first time. Early that
morning a severe ice storm passed through the area affecting
Bloomfield Township and surrounding communities. The weight
of the ice brought down many trees and power lines, and with
numerous power lines being down, numerous calls come in.
This storm created an extremely large call volume that was
quick to tax the capabilities of the Bloomfield Township
Public Safety Department. Bloomfield Township’s CERT was
then activated, and several members responded. Team members
were placed at several locations of downed power lines in an
effort to keep unknowing persons from coming in contact with
a potential live wire. CERT proved itself as the team’s
efforts allowed our Public Safety Department to respond to
other calls for help.
Fire Safety and Preparedness
The smoke was pouring from the two-story brick home
nestled between mature pine trees on the south side of 14
Mile Road. Fed by a ruptured natural gas line, the fire was
raging out of control. In an instant, the flames burst out
of the first floor window, leapt up the chimney and spread
to the roof. In a few minutes the entire house was
destroyed. All the human residents escaped, the one lone
victim was the beloved family dog. This was my neighbor’s
home but could have easily been my home or even your home.
An uncontrolled residential fire can double in size every
30 seconds. During our CERT training we learned that when
the smoke detectors in your home sound their alarm, you will
have on average, one minute to get out of your house. That’s
right, one minute!
Do you waste that minute looking for your shoes? How
about your purse, wallet or glasses? Preparedness experts
recommend keeping three things next to your bed at night: a
cell phone, a flashlight, and your shoes. Having immediate
access to these supplies will save vital seconds in the
event of an emergency.
If you have small children or disabled family members,
they will need your help and guidance during an emergency. A
spouse or child that sleeps deeply may not hear the smoke
alarm in time to react and escape unharmed.
In the event of a fire, use your cell phone to call 911.
Use the flashlight to navigate through any smoke and as a
beacon to notify the responders of your location. Wearing
shoes will help avoid any disabling foot injuries if you
have to walk over any debris inside or outside of your home.
Create an evacuation plan with all possible exits from
your residence, including the windows. Always have at least
two ways to exit any room. If one of your exits requires the
use of a stairway, you may need to find another route. Crawl
towards the exit, because smoke and heat rise so there is
more air and less heat closer to the floor. Feel all
interior doors for heat, with the back of your hand, before
you open them.
When you exit the home, close the door or window behind
you and meet your family at the pre-arranged meeting spot
like the mail box or a tree in the front yard. Immediately
inform the fire department of any family members or pets
still inside the house. Do not go back into your house for
Being prepared for an emergency situation means acting
quickly and decisively with the right equipment and
training. Spending valuable seconds looking for a few
fundamental supplies may cost the lives of your loved ones.
Demonstration fire in a
simulated residential room. This was about 90 seconds after
the fire was ignited
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