Coming off its graduation in June which saw , the Hamden Community Emergency Response Team had a very busy month of July. Besides assisting the Hamden Arts Commission with their Summer Concert Series and the Hamden Volunteer Firefighters with their 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, CERT responded to two emergency calls.
Hamden CERT has been supporting and assisting the Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Celebration for many years. CERT Members have been instrumental in assisting the Hamden Police and Fire departments with crowd and traffic management, along with providing supplemental lighting and first aid when needed.
During the very warm and humid month of July, Hamden CERT was also activated to assist the Hamden Fire Department on two occasions. On the evening of July 17, CERT members were called out to assist in a mountain rescue of four individuals from the quarry area of Sleeping Giant State Park on Tuttle Avenue. One of the rescued individuals was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
On July 26 during a severe weather warning for our town, CERT members were activated again to assist with a structure fire on Main Street. Under severe weather conditions, CERT members assisted with rehabilitation of the firefighters on scene, along with supplying additional lighting for the suppression and investigation operations during the incident.
Under the direction of Hamden Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director David Berardesca, Hamden CERT has again stepped up to assist Emergency First Responders and the Hamden community during the many town sponsored events available to residents.
"A special thanks goes out to all Hamden CERT members who unselfishly answer the call when needed to assist First Responders, our friends and neighbors," said CERT director Bob Freeman. "The personal time and dedication that they have volunteered during their ongoing training and actual emergency response is a cost effective gift to our community and a welcomed benefit for all of us."