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Gil Stone and Hoyle Anderson putting out a fire during the final exercise of their Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, a simulated disaster. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
June 03, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Twenty-five average citizens from surrounding towns, all with a penchant for helping their community, walked away from the Sturbridge Public Safety Complex Saturday as the newest members of the local CERT — Community Emergency Response Team.

The CERT program was first established in the 1980s by the Los Angeles Fire Department in response to situations caused by earthquakes, during which victims or whole areas were not accessible to professional emergency workers. The goal of the program then, as it is now, was to prepare citizens to be able to take care of themselves and their neighbors in the event of a disaster that leaves them on their own.

The CERT program was adopted as a national program by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1993. Since then, 28 states plus Puerto Rico have instituted CERT teams in their communities.

"If you take care of yourself, you're one less person we have to worry about," Sturbridge Lt. Alan Curboy said during the first CERT class on April 15.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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Janines Frostee
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