Canton Public Safety's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Canton Public Safety Department formed its first volunteer CERT team, made up of individuals who have completed a training course designed to prepare them for team activation as needed in the community.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates its members about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.