Does your fire department have a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)? Our department is looking into what it would take to create and establish a sustainable CERT team. We see the need for a CERT on only a handful of calls per year. When the catastrophe hits, a CERT would be great in the sense that it would free up more firefighters who normally would have to manage the public and their needs.
So I come to you, what advice would you have in assembling a CERT? Is it worth the time and effort it takes to recruit members for a CERT team? What are the needs and funding it would take to have a successful CERT? I see it is far more common in large cities to have the program but what about in rural towns with volunteer fire departments, is it possible?!