About Frenchtown CERT
Frenchtown CERT was formed in January of 2011 and primarily serves Frenchtown Township and Monroe County, but is also an available resource for the region.
Frenchtown CERT provides support for the Monroe community and its first responders. The team is composed of trained volunteers ages 18 and up, from a large variety of backgrounds. Each volunteer completes an initial 20 hour CERT Basic Training and builds upon that training year round to stay current and to keep themselves and the community safe.
Some of the services Frenchtown CERT performs includes: Rehab for first responders, traffic management, first aid and CPR, weather spotting, radio communications, search and rescue, triage, flood support, drone operations, assistance for fire and police personnel, eyes and ears security support, disaster mitigation, assisting community events and mass vaccination clinics, and hosting multiple free trainings for the community about disaster preparedness and response.
Frenchtown CERT logs an average of 1,000 hours of service annually and meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month for trainings. Event coverage and call-out response occurs on a 24-7 basis with a 45 minute response goal.
Frenchtown CERT members receive a wide variety of training. Below is a selection of just some of the trainings available to the team:
- Rehab Support (Providing nourishment and portable climate control for responders)
- Triage support
- Search and Rescue
- First aid and CPR
- Crowd Control and Traffic Management
- Ropes and Knots
Rehab-1 is Frenchtown CERT’s deployment vehicle. This vehicle is a retired ambulance and used by the team for planned and unplanned events, such as:
- Downed wires
- Large traffic accidents
- Missing person searches
- Various other events
- Sterling State Park Fireworks
- Relay for Life Event
- Dundee Mayfly Festival
- COVID Vaccination Clinics
- Monroe County Fair Parade
- Fermi Drills
- Active Shooter Trainings
Rehab-1 is kept at Frenchtown Fire Station #3 and is always ready for deployment. After each call or event, Rehab-1 is brought back to the station, cleaned, and restocked for the next deployment. Thorough truck checks are performed on a monthly basis to ensure this resource is always ready to assist the community.
To learn more about Frenchtown CERT, visit the Contact Us tab above.
To learn more about the origins of CERT nationally, or to find a team near you, visit the Citizen Corp website or visit https://www.ready.gov/cert.