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Towns seeking CERT volunteers

'We want people who want to help'

Andi Hengen, of Brimfield, practices clearing an obstructed airway on a dummy during the 2009 class series. (click for larger version)
February 29, 2012
It's almost impossible to be certain about events in a disaster, but next month is your chance to be in CERT and help address the next one.

CERT, of course, is the Citizen Emergency Response Team, a group of everyday folks who volunteer to support police, fire and other professional rescuers in a wide variety of incidents. They may be called on to direct traffic, staff a shelter, provide basic first aid or transportation, handle communications needs, or even such more mundane things as keeping records and translating.

"We want people with different skills, and they don't have to be physical," said Charlton Police Lt. Carl Ekman. "… We want to see people basically who want to help. We're not looking for warriors."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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