News & About Us!
May 18, 2019
CERT Members come out to prepare the Hamden CERT Vehicle (EM44) for the upcoming summer season!
Thank you to our members who came out today and gave up their Saturday morning to clean, inventory and restock our vehicle. With all of the winter supplies and equipment put in storage and the summer equipment now on board, we’re ready for the upcoming summer months.We have also added a garden hose, detergent, facial wipes and all supplies needed for Firefighter Gross Decon at fire incidents.
Thanks again for the great team effort!.
May 8, 2019
"Stop the Bleed Training" was provided for Hamden CERT Members during National Stop the Bleed Month!
We salute 30 of our Hamden CERT Members who attended our May, Regular Monthly Meeting and Training Session! A Special Thanks goes out to Retired Hamden Battalion Chief Bill Fitzmaurice and North Haven Deputy Fire Chief Scott Martus for their informative presentation on Stop the Bleed. All of our students were instructed on Hemorrhage Control and had the opportunity to practice hands on training for the application of tourniquets and wound packing procedures.
Photos by Hamden CERT Member John Homer
January 21, 2019
Hamden CERT Activated to open a secondary warming center for the victims of the Ice Storm, impacting over 5,000 residents!
Hamden CERT was activated to open and assist with a Warming Center for the thousands of Hamden residents that were without power and heat over the last 24 hours. Thanks to our 9 Team Members who came out and also donated snacks to the folks who were impacted by this ice storm. Also, our gratitude to Falcon Pizza for stepping up again for our folks in need!
People helping people, great work team!
Hamden CERT, Annual Report 2018
The Hamden CERT Program had a very busy year providing service to the Hamden Community. Along with the many Planned Community Events the team was also active with Public Service, Emergency Activations, Emergency Preparedness, Public Education and our ongoing training schedule. Hamden CERT provided logistical support to Hamden Fire Department, Hamden Police Department, Parks & Recreation, Town Center Park, Hamden Arts and the Hamden Veteran’s Commissions along with the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters. It was also an honor to be able to assist with the training of North Haven CERT Basic Class #2.
On April 12th, we graduated 29 students from our 13th CERT Basic Training Class at the Dunbar Hill Fire Station. We conducted our 2nd class (Hamden CERT Basic Training Class #14) that started in September and graduated 17 students on November 16th. For more information on our program or the next upcoming free CERT Basic Training Class starting on February 21st, contact us on Facebook, Twitter or through this website. Below are the details of our activity for 2018.
Emergency Calls - 8 Emergency Activations included 3 days of operating a Storm Center and a Point of Distribution (POD) for the victims of the May 15th tornado. Hamden CERT Members also volunteered over 100 hours assisting in hazard mitigation and removal of storm debris over a 3 week period. We responded to a Mutual Aid Request to North Haven for a structure fire and explosion that happened early in May and the opening of a Storm Shelter a few weeks later. Another emergency activation was to assist the Hamden Police Department with the search for a missing person on August 5th and logistical support and rehab for the Fire Department at a 2 Alarm multi unit apartment complex fire on December 13th.
Planned Community Events – 27 Request for assistance and logistical support that included: our Fireworks and Summer Concert Series along with the Memorial Day Parade Set-up, Hamden Expo, Brooksvale Fall Festival, Hamden Road Race, Earth Day, (2) Food Truck Festivals and the Silver Bells Holiday Venue. We also assisted North Haven CERT with 2 functions relating to the passing of Hamden CERT Member, Steve Coulon.
Team Training & Drills – 43 As always, safety is a priority for our community and our team members. We study all subjects that keep us aware of hazards as we stay focused on the safety of our community and our team members. Training sessions are done at each monthly meeting and our team volunteered 74 service hours in assisting Hamden Fire Department with Mayday & Rehab Training over a period of 8 days. We also offered over 40 hours of training for our 2 Hamden Basic Training Classes.
Team Meetings – 11 This category includes our 9 monthly meetings and our 2 Graduation Ceremonies.
Hamden CERT Members, acting as a major part of Hamden’s Office of Emergency Management volunteered their services 89 times during the year 2018 to assist our First Responders, Town Officials, Town Commissions, Students, Guests, Neighboring Communities and our Hamden Residents.
We would like to thank Mayor Curt Leng, Fire Chief David Berardesca, Acting Chief Gary Merwede, the Hamden Legislative Council, Hamden Rotary Club, Dunbar Hill Volunteer Firefighters and the Hamden Community for their continuing support of the Hamden CERT Program. As always, it has been an honor to serve our community this year with 3,218 service hours and to work alongside of our Town Officials and our Police and Fire Department Personnel when called upon.
Robert J. Freeman Jr.
Hamden CERT Coordinator
About Our Program
Using the skills and training learned in the classroom during exercises, CERT Members can assist their family members and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency incident when professional 1st responders are not immediately available to help.
CERT Members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies and community organizations by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
During emergencies, the mission of Hamden CERT is three-fold: to first assist our families, then our neighbors and finally our community. After meeting the needs of our family and neighbors, our primary mission is to assist our Police and Fire Services along with our community during any extended emergency operation.
In non-emergencies, we operate as a team alongside our first responders, especially during large, planned public events. During large-scale emergencies that would deplete the on-duty personnel, we work to supplement them. Two of our major functions have been rehabilitation of our first responders because of severe weather conditions, and providing assistance to displaced citizens. We are honored to be a major partner in the structure of Hamden’s Office of Emergency Management.
CPR and AED Training for CERT Members
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 18 Hamden CERT Members came together for our CPR, AED Training and Recertification. A special thanks goes out to Hamden Fire Chief Berardesca and also to Training Officer, Lt. Lubowicki who conducted the training. We are also grateful for our Team Members who came out tonight to learn how to;
"Make a Difference!"