WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, a course designed to help individuals protect themselves, their families and the community in an emergency situation, will dedicate a new response vehicle on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Local government prepares for every day emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can quickly overwhelm uniformed emergency services. The CERT program is low risk, all hazard, training.
Wilton CERT was established in 2004 and has since grown to a corps of 86 dedicated volunteers that are viewed as a valued Wilton emergency response partner. Over the years, the growth in Wilton CERT membership has been accompanied by a growth in equipment, and activity levels. CERT Team members have volunteered countless hours over the years.
Their current missions include the shelter management and staffing; pedestrian and vehicle traffic control; search and rescue; damage assessment; and assistance in the town's emergency operations center. With a very modest annual budget, their cache of equipment has grown to a point where it no longer would all fit in their response trailer. It became apparent that a larger vehicle was needed.
The culmination of a lot of hard work, fundraising, dedication and perseverance have resulted in the design and purchase of a new response vehicle. The Wilton CERT team will dedicate a new Ford truck, specifically designed to promote rapid and mobile access to performance equipment for its members during periods of natural or man-made disasters.
The vehicle was purchased and outfitted through a combination of town funds and meaningful contributions from the local service clubs, businesses, individuals, and major corporations. It's a 15-foot box truck, fitted with a multitude of communications and deployment equipment.
Members of the community are invited to join members of the CERT team, town officials, emergency response personnel, uniform services, town and state emergency management officials and honored guests by attending the dedication of the new CERT response vehicle.
The dedication will take place at Wilton Fire Headquarters, 236 Danbury Road. Light refreshments will follow the dedication.
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