PHOTO: CERT Team Graduates in Time for Winter

certOn Monday night, dedicated volunteers from the LCSW and Chaveirim organizations graduated from a CERT course. The group was comprised of a number of individuals who, aside from their devoted volunteer work, are professionals in their own right. Their professional background in varying fields make them uniquely qualified for specific emergency situations, and their combined expertise make them a phenomenal team.

The CERT team, under the auspices of the Office  of Emergency Management, comes to the aid of the Police Department in the case of major catastrophes, storms, fires, MCI’s (Mass Casualty Incidents) and any other scenario in which standard emergency response proves insufficient.

The extensive course the volunteers underwent in recent weeks gives them the training necessary to respond to these situations efficiently and effectively, working together with multiple agencies on scene.

The graduates were addressed by Police Chief Rob Lawson, Coordinator of the OEM, who praised the work that they do as members of some of Lakewood’s most vital volunteer organizations and reiterated the importance of a qualified CERT team in a town such as Lakewood.

“The CERT team performs a valuable service for Lakewood and for the Police Department,” said the Chief.  “With a population of 120,000 people, the police department doesn’t have the resources to cover every block or even every development.”

The course was arranged and coordinated by Deputy Coordinator Kenny Dix, whose upcoming retirement will signal the end of years of dedicated service to the Lakewood community.


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