Manchester, Connecticut



The mission of the Manchester CERT program is to respond as a team to assist local responders, the community, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) such as  American Red Cross and/or federal agencies in local and regional emergency incidents or public service events.
CERT teams are designed to support both the first responders and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) support functions.

Phone: 860-647-5259
CERT Missions:
To provide Manchester residents and first responders with a quality resource that is dedicated, trained and equipped to carry out special missions such as:
  1. EOC support functions; registration, documentation support, communications, runners and logistics support
  2. Mountain Bike Search and Rescue Team (MBSAR)
  3. Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue Team (CCSAR)
  4. Amateur (ham) radio communication, both voice and data (EmComm)
  5. Fire-Police response
  6. Emergency shelter operations
  7. Any other function ordered by the Town’s Emergency Manager or Town General Manager or their designees


The Manchester C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) is looking for new members.
What is CERT? It's a team of over 100 volunteers trained to help the Town in case of an emergency when all other responders are either tied up or unable to respond. The team is comprised of 5 major sub teams, Communications Team (ham radio operators), Shelter Management Team (operates the emergency shelters in Town), the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) Support Team, the Search and Rescue Team (goes out on Case Mountain to help find lost or hurt persons on Case Mountain) and Fire/Police, who assist the Police and Fire departments at accident scenes and other emergency scenes by controlling traffic and making the area safe for the responders to operate. Also, the team learns how to take care of their family and neighbors during a weather related emergency.

What do I have to do to become a team member? It's easy; just register for the training class. The class goes for 8 Thursday nights from 6:30 PM to about 9:30 PM each night, of the spring and fall sessions. If you are interested in taking the class or want more information, please contact Donald Janelle (team coordinator) at 860-647-5259 anytime during business hours. If no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned as quickly as possible.