Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a volunteer secondary response organization that can be called upon to assist the police and/or fire departments in the event of an emergency. Volunteers are trained in adult CPR with AED (defibrillation), basic first aid, fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, sheltering in place, and CERT and terrorism. They are also taught skills for handling emergencies at home and to assist in traffic control.

There is a six-session training program that is free to Wiltonians. People working in town are also invited to sign up for CERT. Skills training classes are offered throughout the year and hold joint training and exercises with surrounding communities that have their own CERT program.

Graduates who sign up as volunteers for CERT are provided with emergency gear at the end of the course for use in future deployments if and when necessary. Volunteers can be called out by the fire and police departments or the first selectman.

Jack Majesky is managing director for CERT. For more information, visit wiltoncert.org, call Tina Gardner at 203-563-0113 or send an e-mail to info-cert@wiltoncert.org.