This month we celebrate 20 years of the Blackwood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
CERTs are volunteer first responders who co-respond to emergencies with paramedics. They are in communities where the nearest ambulance branch is some distance away.
Blackwood CERT’s Co-Team, Jan Ogle, said they’ve continued to be First Responders to a range of medical emergencies in the region, including recreational incidents in the local State Parks and Forests.
“As a CERT member, you can make a real difference in a crisis. Because we respond to our own community, our local knowledge can help paramedics and other emergency services called to the scene,” she said.
“For many years, Blackwood CERT was set up and run by a committee of locals. We’ve had several members who have been with us for more than 10 years.”
Past and present Blackwood CERT volunteers and community members came together and celebrated the occasion last Saturday with an afternoon tea at St Martin’s Chapel in Blackwood.
Congratulations to the team on a wonderful milestone.