• CERT Trailer Outfitted with generator, shelving, and equipment
    The West Orange CERT trailer, provided by New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has been equipped with shelving and tie downs to organize the equipment that it will transport.  The equipment that was provided by NJSP OEM as well as additional equipment and a generator that was purchased with a grant from NJSP OEM now can be organized and secured to the shelving units inside the trailer.  In addition several additional pieces of equipment have been donated by CERT members and other groups allowing for CERT to serve the Township and surrounding communities even more safely and effectively.

    Posted Aug 28, 2014, 7:46 AM by Matt Dragon
  • West Orange CERT receives a trailer from the New Jersey State Police
    On Thursday, April 3rd the West Orange CERT team was presented with a new CERT trailer at a ceremony at New Jersey State Police headquarters in West Trenton.  West Orange was one of 4 teams selected to receive a trailer in the 9th round of trailers distributed by the State.  We are the fourth CERT team in Essex County to have a trailer, joining Newark, East Orange, West Essex.  Essex County OEM also has a CERT trailer for use by any of the towns in the County.  The trailer will be outfitted to carry equipment provided by the State Police as well as additional equipment as specified by the team.  In addition to transporting equipment it will be designed to provide a command post for CERT operations during an emergency or planned town event.  Additional pictures are available here

    Posted Apr 4, 2014, 12:44 PM by Matt Dragon
  • Wilderness Search Exercise - July 22, 2013
    13 CERT members participated in our second Wilderness Search Exercise in South Mountain Reservation.  Members were given just in time training in how to do a line search, and then performed a line search of a mixed wooded and grassy field for lost dolls.  They also practiced forming a perimeter to enclose a search area to ensure that a lost party did not self evacuate the search area before a K9 search team had arrived and began their search.  We also practiced locating a GPS coordinate on a map of the Reservation and navigating our search teams to that point.
    Posted Jun 24, 2013, 1:39 PM by Matt Dragon
  • CERT provides Firefighter Rehabilitation for Hazmat Drill at West Orange Armory
    7 CERT members setup a Rehab area and provided rehabilitation to Firefighters participating in a Hazmat Drill that was held at the West Orange National Guard Armory.  More than 100 first responders attended the joint drill between the New Jersey National Guard and Essex County DECON (decontamination) task-force.  Fire departments from Nutley, Montclair, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley, Orange and East Orange as well as Essex County Sheriff's Department, the New Jersey EMS Task Force and University Hospital in Newark all participated.  West Orange CERT worked with The Bell and Siren Club and was assisted by 6 members of East Orange CERT to provide rehabilitation to the first responders that were participating in the drill.

    Posted May 6, 2013, 5:04 PM by Matt Dragon
  • Firefighter Rehabilitation Hands On Training - April 18th and 21st 2013
    Over two days of Hands On Training classes, 11 CERT members were shown what a good layout for a Rehabilitation area looks like.  We covered how to operate rehabilitation equipment like EZ-Up tents and mister fans and how to take notes about the condition of Firefighters entering and leaving the rehabilitation area.  We also walked through how to help Firefighters remove their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and help organize empty and full air tanks in case the Firefighters needed to re-enter the scene after completing their rehabilitation.
    Posted May 3, 2013, 6:34 AM by Matt Dragon
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Training - February 27, 28 2013
    19 C.E.R.T. members attended CPR/AED and First Aid training over 2 nights in February.  The training was run by the Community Training Center at UMDNJ and was held at the West Orange First Aid Squad meeting room.  By completing this training our C.E.R.T. members are now better prepared to help their families, their neighbors, and the residents of West Orange
    Posted Mar 1, 2013, 3:16 PM by Matt Dragon
  • Snow Storm Warming Center - February 8, 2013
    4 C.E.R.T. members staffed a Warming Center at the High School.  The Warming Center was staffed from 5pm to 8pm so that anyone who was stranded during the evening commute could wait our the bad road conditions.  Luckily no one needed to take advantage of the accommodations so the warming center was closed.
    Posted Feb 10, 2013, 10:07 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Sheltering Operations during Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter - October and November 2012
    While Hurricane Sandy was striking New Jersey, 7 C.E.R.T. members were standing by at the West Orange High School operating the town's shelter.  In the aftermath of Sandy, temperatures in the area dropped and so the shelter was open again to end the week the storm struck and 10 C.E.R.T. members staffed shifts in the shelter.  The following week the Nor'easter threatened again to drop temperatures and cause new power outages so the shelter was again open, staffed overnight by 2 C.E.R.T. members before closing when the Nor'easter passed through without widespread impact in town.

    Due to operations surrounding Hurricane Sandy the November Meeting was cancelled.
    Posted Nov 16, 2012, 7:27 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Meeting - October 8, 2012
    October 8, 2012, 7pm, West Orange First Aid Squad, 25 Mt. Pleasant Place.

    Business Meeting
    Posted Nov 16, 2012, 7:01 AM by Matt Dragon
  • 7 West Orange C.E.R.T. members pass County BASIC class
    West Orange C.E.R.T. has 7 new BASIC certified members, bring our roster up to 22 BASIC certified members.  Thank you to the Essex County Sheriffs Department, the Essex County College Police Academy, and each of the topic instructors for making this class a success.

    Thanks to the new BASIC certified members for attending the 4 nights of class and the Saturday final and keep up the good work.

    Posted Oct 24, 2012, 8:08 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Meeting - September 6, 2012
    September 6, 2012, 7pm, West Orange First Aid Squad, 25 Mt. Pleasant Place.

    We will vote on By-Laws changes and then hold Officer Elections.

    Congratulations to our elected Officers:
    • Director
      • Ken Stele
    • Deputy Director
      • Matt Dragon
    • Leaders
      • Bill McGreevy
      • Debra Boyle
      • Erricka Kearney
      • Leede A. deLagarde II
    Posted Oct 24, 2012, 8:01 AM by Matt Dragon
  • MuckRuckus Deployment - August 18, 2012
    7 C.E.R.T. members volunteered at the National MS Society MuckRuckus Northeast.  Members were utilized to provide communications between the town officials on site and the First Aid stations through out the course.  Members also helped staff the Fire Department wash down station with members of the West Orange Fire Department.
    Posted Aug 31, 2012, 4:27 AM by Matt Dragon
  • West Orange Sesquicentennial Anniversary Deployments - June 29, July 1, July 4, 2012
    As part of a week of 150th Anniversary celebrations in West Orange, West Orange C.E.R.T. was deployed at 3 events in town.

    6 C.E.R.T. members were deployed for the Downtown Music and Food Festival at Colgate Park, Friday, June 29th.  The members worked with the Police Department and First Aid Squad to help provide safety watch, particularly keeping an eye out for heat related medical issues.

    C.E.R.T. members were deployed at the Zerbini Circus at West Orange High School, Sunday, July 1st.  The members worked with the Police and Fire Departments to provide safety watch inside and outside the circus tent as well as ensuring that the fire lane remained clear.

    C.E.R.T. members were deployed to the 4th of July celebration at West Orange High School, Wednesday July 4th.  For the first half of the deployment the members worked with West Orange Office of Emergency Management to keep the area around the fireworks clear as they were being set up.  In the second half of the deployment members continued to keep the fireworks area clear, while also helping the Police Department and First Aid Squad with safety watch, again primarily being on the lookout for heat related medical issues.  During the fireworks display, members were tasked with assisting the Fire Department with fire watch to help keep the area around the launch zone safe.
    Posted Jul 4, 2012, 9:57 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Search and Rescue Drill - June 24, 2012
    10 C.E.R.T. members participated in a 2 phase Search and Rescue drill on Sunday, June 24th.  The drill scenario involved a large storm system that had caused extensive tree damage and power outages throughout the township.  C.E.R.T. members staged and were briefed about the current situation.   

    We then moved into the first phase which involved searching a damaged structure, looking for 3 children and an injured firefighter. We located the children, performed a 360 examination of the structure, located the injured firefighter and evacuated them from the house.  

    The second phase involved searching for 5 lost hikers within South Mountain Reservation.  One hiker was trapped under a fallen tree and was not able to move on their own.  The tree had to be safely removed before transporting them out of the woods.  The other hikers had leg injuries that prevented them from walking out on their own.  They were located and removed from the woods using various stretchers and splints.


    Posted Jul 9, 2012, 5:47 PM by Matt Dragon
  • Meeting - June 14, 2012
    In our June meeting we nominated officers for our September election.  We will elect 1 Director, 1 Deputy Director, and 4 C.E.R.T. Leaders.

    Our training for the month covered Incident Action Plans and Command Structure for deployments.
    Posted Jul 4, 2012, 7:39 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Large Incident Rehab Training Meeting - May 3, 2012
    13 C.E.R.T. members attended our Large Incident Rehab training session presented by Tim Phelan, the Medical Coordination Center Coordinator for University Hospital Emergency Medical Services in Newark, NJ.  The training started with an overview of the equipment, resources, and capabilities of the NJ EMS Task Force and the history of the group including deployments and training exercises they have lead and participated in.

    The second half of the training focused on the purpose and execution of a Large Incident Rehab group at a medium or long duration emergency incident.  The notes from the second half of the talk are posted below.

    1. Medical Unit
      1. Would operate under the Logistical Area, Services Branch
      2. Specifically for responders, victims would be  handled in the Operations Area
      3. Ensure the physical  and mental condition of members operating at the scene.
      4. Time for rest and recovery, hydration, medical monitoring, and receive nutritional support in the form of solid food
    2. Why is Medical Unit Necessary
      1. Emergency Service Providers are often required to work in a hostile environment
      2. With little to no notice, no time for warm up
    3. Physiology
      1. Hydration Requirements
        1. 60-70% of the body is water
        2. Excessive fluid loss must be replaced by oral intake
        3. Loss of 2% of body weight can cause confusion and inhibit coordination
          1. 2% of 200lb is 4lbs
        4. 4% mental reasoning and physical ability
          1. 4% is 8lbs
      2. Electrolytes
        1. Sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium
        2. Lost along with water
        3. Excessive loss can cause the lost of proper muscle functioning
          1. Commonly seen in heat cramps
      3. Carbohydrates are the bodies main source of energy
        1. Simple carbohydrates include sugars
          1. Found in fruits and honey
        2. Complex carbs are molecules made up of three or more sugars
          1. Bread, Pasta, Potatoes, PB
          2. Once ingested convert to simple sugars
          3. Must be replaced as they are consumed via exertion
    4. The Rehab Group
      1. Who is responsible for establishing rehab
        1. Incident commander establishes
        2. All members must notify IC if it is needed
      2. What
        1. Responders are sent for period of rest
        2. Fluids
        3. Monitor vitals
        4. Food during extended operations
      3. When
        1. Any time incident is of extended duration, physically, mentally or emotionally taxing, or at times of extreme environmental conditions
        2. The two air bottle rule
          1. Rotate through rehab after using 2 30 minute air bottles or 45 minutes of work time
        3. During extreme conditions more frequent breaks may be necessary
        4. Should remain in rehab for a minimum of 20 minutes
      4. Where
        1. Close enough to the scene to allow immediate access
        2. Safe area far enough away to remove protective clothing
        3. Shielded from sights and sounds of the incident to allow emotional and physical rest
        4. Protection from the elements and environmentally controlled
      5. How
        1. EMS function under control of Logistics Area, Medical Group
        2. Staffed by a min of 2 EMT-B level providers
        3. Dedicated to this purpose not assigned to other areas of the incident
        4. Nearby building, garage or other structure
        5. Specialized vehicles or portable temporary structures
      6. Medical Monitoring
        1. Pulse, BP
        2. Core body temp should be assessed for all patients with hr > 110
        3. Reassessment
          1. 15-20 minutes of rest and hydration later
            1. Can return to duty
            2. Remain for additional 20 minutes
            3. If 40 minutes in and still elevated transport to the hospital
        4. Immediate transport
          1. Chest pain
          2. Shortness of breath
          3. Altered mental
          4. Skin hot, mor or dry and flushed in color
          5. Newly onset irregular pulse
      7. Hydration and Nutrition
        1. Hydration
          1. Begin as soon as vitals taken
          2. 1-2 quarts
          3. Minimum 12-32 oz in 20 minutes
          4. Water is very good
            1. Best after short workouts
            2. But plain water does not replace electrolytes
              1. But sports drinks have sugar
              2. Sports drinks quench your thirst before adequate hydration
              3. So dilute 50/50 with plain water
          5. Not ice cold and not piping hot
        2. Nutrition
          1. Short < 3 hours: generally no food
          2. Moderate 3-4 hours: fruit - apples, oranges, and bananas
          3. Long > 4 hours: solid food, complex carbs
          4. Food Handling issues
            1. Keep hot and cold seperate and keep them hot and cold
            2. Designate a food service area and an area to wash face and hands
            3. Outside agencies may be better setup to handle
    Posted May 4, 2012, 10:22 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Congratulations Deputy Chief Wannemacher
    West Orange C.E.R.T. congratulates the West Orange Fire Depatment's newest Deputy Chief, Paul Wannemacher.  We appreciate all his hard work as our OEM liaison while he was a Captain and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new position.  Congratulations, Paul, we all know you deserve it and we're happy your hard work has been recognized and rewarded. 

    Posted Apr 30, 2012, 5:03 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Search and Rescue Training Meeting - April 12, 2012
    17 C.E.R.T. members and 3 WOFAS members attended the Search and Rescue training presented by Oren Levin of New Jersey Search and Rescue.  The training covered different types of searches, different certifications, training, and specialization that exist within the Search and Rescue field.  New Jersey Search and Rescue is a member of the Search and Rescue Council which is composed of about 10 different search groups in coordination with the State Police.  The group responds to requests mostly in Northern New Jersey and even into New York State.


    Role of C.E.R.T. in a Wilderness Search

    • Help bridge the gap between the beginning of the incident and when more trained professionals can arrive
    • Local knowledge and can act as a force multiplier
    • Key focus is on rescuer safety
    • Identify and know local resources
    • Train with those local resources
    • Don't just do something! THINK!
    • Things to add to a typical C.E.R.T. bag for a search
      • Food and Water
      • Whistle
      • First Aid Kit
      • Personal Items
      • Know how to use the the items in real work exercises
    • Start Organized and Stay Organized
      • Track responders
      • Document your actions
      • Be prepared to brief incoming resources
    • Have a communications plan
    • Protect the area
      • Protect scent items, tracks, and potential clues
      • Stay away from cars, tents, etc.
    • Brief all members before the task
      • What are they doing
      • Who are they looking for
      • How, who, and when do they check in with
      • Weather
      • Hazards
        • Abandoned mines, barbed wire, etc.
    • Debrief after the task
      • What was their task?
      • Was it completed?
      • What did they find?
      • Hazards
      • Recommendations
    • Initiating a search
      • Indirect Search Tactics
        • Don't physically enter an area
        • Gather information
        • Intelligence gathering and fact finding
          • ICS Lost person questionnaire
          • What were they wearing?
          • Have they gotten lost before?
          • Are they familiar with the area?
          • Are they familiar with the outdoors?
          • Who saw them last?
          • Do they have family in the area or where did they formerly live?
        • Attraction techniques
          • Using sound or light to attract attention and give someone a direction to head
          • Not continuous, run the siren, turn it off and listen
        • Containment techniques
          • Establish a theoretical search area surrounding the Last Known Point based on the time and ability to traverse the area
          • 2 hours at 2 MPH, is 4 miles in each direction, which is a 50 square mile area
    • Additional C.E.R.T. roles
      • Managing and Operating Staging Areas
      • Managing and Operating Rehab Areas
      • Transportation
      • Screening Spontaneous Unaffiliated Community Volunteers
      • Traffic
    • Ideal flow of a SAR Response
      • Call out 
      • Response
        • Is the scene safe
        • Identify additional resources
        • Identify an appropriate staging area
        • Notify responders
      • Initial Actions
        • Interview the reporting party
        • Create a missing persons flyer
        • Interview other who have been in contact
        • Establish containment of the theoretical search area and employee attraction techniques if possible
      • Supporting the Mission
        • Brief incoming responders
        • Assist in continuing the investigation as dictated by the Agency having Jurisdiction
        • Begin Canvasing 
        • Assist incoming teams
      • Resolution
        • Assist in debriefing returning teams
        • Notify all responders
        • Critique the Mission
    • Past C.E.R.T. involvement in Searches
      • Hardyston - C.E.R.T. helped with canvas
      • Stokes State Forest - C.E.R.T. provided containment
    • Table Top and Field Exercises
      • Resource selection and notification
      • Interview and investigation
      • Establishing effective containment
      • Canvassing
      • Door to door search
      • Mission documentation
    Posted Apr 13, 2012, 6:50 AM by Matt Dragon
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 11, 2012
    9 C.E.R.T. members assisted with street closures and helped with the crowds attending the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Main St. in West Orange.  C.E.R.T. volunteers were on site from 10:00am to 3:00pm to staff road closures and help watch for any medical emergencies or other problems along the parade route.
    Posted Mar 12, 2012, 8:44 AM by Matt Dragon
  • Meeting - March 8, 2012
    1. Sign in/Contact Info update, collection of Training Certifications
    2. Upcoming Events
      1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Deployment, this Sunday, March 11th
      2. CERT open house/orientation for the county.
        1. Dates to be determined by County. Hosted at our EOC.
    3. Updates
      1. PTA Presentation
        1. Roosevelt PTA - Erricka/Matt ***
      2. BASIC Course
        1. Paul is still working on getting dates from County ***
        2. No dates yet but County is talking about a dual track in April/May
    4. Next meeting April 12th
      1. Training meeting - Search and Rescue
      2. Date may change
    Posted Mar 12, 2012, 8:38 AM by Matt Dragon
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