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CERT Members Prepare for Real Emergency

More than 100 volunteers from throughout Morris County participate in simulation training.

Representatives from Community Emergency Response Teams from across Morris County took part in CERT Fest at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany Saturday morning.

The event, organized in part by Par-Troy CERT volunteers, offered participants training in wilderness search and rescue, fire safety, traffic safety and Salvation Army food canteen operations.

The CERT program allows citizen volunteers to train and be prepared for instances of natural disasters or terrorist attacks. CERT members assist victims and first responders during emergency situations.

Jeffrey Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management, said CERT members are all about serving the public.

"These are people who are not looking for government handouts but rather looking to serve their communities and help their neighbors during a time of need," he said. "Today is all about volunteering and serving. It does not get much better.

"This is a great day."

More than 100 CERT members from Parsippany, Kinnelon, Jefferson Township, Morris Township, Chatham Borough, Denville, Roxbury, Long Hill Township, Washington Township, Chatham Township and East Hanover awere on hand for the event, along with representatives of the County Animal Response Team, Medical Reserves Corp., American Red Cross, Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service and New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management.

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