Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)

The Community Emergency Response Team program helps train individuals to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.  The C.E.R.T. team is comprised of trained volunteers who, in emergency situations, provide critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize volunteers at disaster sites. C.E.R.T. members also provide assistance with non-emergency projects to improve the safety of the community.

C.E.R.T. training teaches participants to:

  • Describe the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities

  • Describe the function of C.E.R.T. and its role in immediate response

  • Take steps to prepare themselves for disaster

  • Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces

  • Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid

  • Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling bleeding and treating shock

  • Conduct triage under simulated conditions

  • Perform head-to-toe assessments

  • Select and set up a treatment area

  • Employ basic treatments for various wounds

  • Identify planning and size-up requirements for potential search and rescue situations

  • Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure

  • Use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication

  • Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue

If you are community-oriented and would like to be trained as a volunteer with the Community Emergency Response Team, please contact Det. Patrick D'Onofrio at (732) 721-5600, Ext. 3170, for further information. Residents must be 18 years of age or older.  Please click here for the C.E.R.T. application.