The Community Emergency Response Team - CERT


The Bedford Citizen Corps (BCC) supports the Town of Bedford and its emergency response organizations to prevent and mitigate emergencies.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are subgroups within the Bedford Citizen Corps. The BCC volunteer program educates and trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in the community and at home (e.g. fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster / medical operations). When emergencies happen, trained BCC members can be deployed at the direction of the Emergency Management Director to provide critical support to first responders, provide assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. BCC members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The following is a summary of some of the events that CERT has participated in:

  • Planned Events
    • Bedford Day parade - traffic management
    • Bedford Day fair - crowd management and emergency preparedness education
    • Bedford Pole Capping - traffic management
    • Seasonal flu vaccine clinic - crowd management
    • July 4 firework display - crowd management
    • Mass Care Shelter Exercise - shelter management
  • Emergency Events
    • Ice Storms - Shelter management and staffing
    • Floods - Emergency shelter, Sandbag filling and distribution, Emergency clean-up kits and residential information distribution (6 days and/or evenings)
    • Snow Storms with extended Power Outages - Warming / Charging Center and Shelter Operation
  • Training: (the team trains monthly September - June)
    • Supporting a search and rescue incident - radio communications and working with search dogs
    • Incident support and rehab - Supporting first responders at long term and/or large scale incidents
    • Shelter Management - (Three part series presented by the American Red Cross)
    • Incident command refresher
    • First Aid and CPR training
    • Small Shelter and Staging (Bedford Town Center Building)
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • CERT Organization
    • Traffic and Crowd Management

View the CERT Outreach Articles page for recent articles.

For more information, please call the Fire Prevention office 781-275-5266