Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Letter

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To Whom It May Concern:                                                                             

The Town of Brooklyn is planning to create a Community Emergency Response Team, commonly known as CERT, in 2016 to assist in the emergency preparedness and response efforts in town. Our hope is to develop a strong and dedicated CERT unit who can assist Town Officials, the Fire Departments, and other emergency responders in a disaster situation.

According to the CERT website,[1] those who join the teams will be educated in basic disaster response skills. Those skills include, but are not limited to, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organizations, and disaster medical operations. The training takes around 20 hours and can be offered to anyone who is 18 or older. It offers wonderful life skills and invests its members in the community they serve.

Here in Brooklyn, our hope is to incorporate our CERT unit into our emergency management team. This team will become vital to our own response efforts. We hope to include members in planning and response efforts. The training will be offered at the Northeast District Department of Health at 69 South Main St, Brooklyn, CT 06234.  The dates of the classes are:

Saturday, April 30th, 9am-5pm

Thursday, May 12, 6-9pm

Thursday, May 26, 6-9pm

Thursday, June 16, 6-9pm

Thursday, June 30, 6-9pm

There is no cost to anyone who participates. You must attend all the classes and pass all the course requirements to join the Brooklyn CERT Unit.  Please contact me by April 20th if you are interested.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the First Selectman’s Office at 860-779-3411 or email us at

Thank you for your interest in CERT and in the Town of Brooklyn. We look forward to working with you in the future.


Kevin Filchak

Town of Brooklyn

Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director


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For more information about CERT units, please click here.


For frequently asked questions about CERT units, please click here.