Volunteers sought for Dearborn CERT

DEARBORN – The Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management invites anyone who lives, works or plays in Dearborn to join them for free training Friday to Sunday to become a volunteer member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

The 20-hour training program is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Those who plan to attend the training at Dearborn Police Headquarters, 16099 Michigan Ave., should call Emergency Management Coordinator Capt. Brad Smith in advance at 313-943-5470.

The Dearborn 350-member CERT team comprises trained citizen volunteers who help the community in the event of a significant public safety emergency, such as a tornado touchdown. CERT also assists at major events such as the Memorial Day Parade, Homecoming and Elderfest.

CERT team members must be at least 18 years of age. Minors 17 and younger may train when accompanied by an adult and can join the team once they become 18. All training and equipment is free.

Residents selected to be CERT volunteers act under the direction of Dearborn’s emergency management officials.

Smith said this volunteer opportunity will hold special appeal to individuals focused on disaster readiness.