By: Greg St. James
The Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a snap drill of its “Go Team” late last week. 17 CERT members assembled from all over the county within 60 minutes of an alert to participate in a line search for a simulated missing child. The search successfully found the “child” after a 25 minute line search in difficult terrain and humid conditions.
Division Chief Alan Hinde was in command with CERT Program Manager Greg St, James. CERT volunteer Cynthia Halota ran the CERT volunteers as the CERT Duty Officer for the day. The CERT Go Team is being developed by the Division Of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach to be a ‘force expander’ for MCFRS and other public agencies.
In the photo below, Division Chief Hinde conducts a ‘hot wash’ with the CERT team after the drill in Rockville.