Stamford, CT - Mayor Michael A. Pavia announced today that the City of Stamford will graduate the fourth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training Class. Mayor Michael Pavia stated, “When a major disaster strikes, it is very important to have volunteers in the City of Stamford trained in basic emergency response skills to assist in various capacities.”
The ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th, in the Lobby of Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, Connecticut.
The mission of the Stamford CERT program is to train volunteer members to safely care for themselves and their neighbors during emergencies or disasters, and to assist first responders when agencies are overtaxed during a critical response.
“We learned firsthand by our experience with Superstorm Sandy how important it is to have trained volunteers to offer assistance,” said Thaddeus Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare. “They are an invaluable resource for our city.” 28 CERT members provided over 900 volunteer hours during the recent Superstorm Sandy.
The graduating class will join the previous graduates, bringing the Stamford CERT up to 54 active members.