Franklin Lakes September 23, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 11 Residents urged to become emergency volunteers by Frank J. McMahon Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant Donald Osenbruck urges residents who are interested in protecting themselves and their families during emergencies, and who want to become involved in planning and preparing for potential threats from natural disasters or acts of terrorism, to become part of the borough’s Community Emergency Response Team. Osenbruck, deputy coordinator of the borough’s office of emergency management, advised that a CERT training course is being offered at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Complex located at 215 Campgaw Road, Mahwah beginning Oct. 7. The course will continue for eight successive Wednesdays. The classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., and there is no cost to those who attend this course. The course provides interested residents with basic training in first aid and what to do before, during, and after a disaster. Training consists of about 16 hours of instruction provided by emergency responders, including firefighters, and emergency medical and law enforcement personnel from the community. Topics will include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, and psychology; light search and rescue operations; team organization; and terrorism. Participants will learn about the types of hazards most likely to affect their homes and communities, their role in an immediate response, and how to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes and workplaces. They will work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a burning liquid. They will learn to apply techniques for opening airways, control bleeding, and treating shock. They will also employ basic treatments for various wounds and learn common techniques for searching a building and how to use safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication. Osenbruck advised that, in an emergency, CERT members might assist with the evacuation of schools, help with shelter operations and the disbursement of medications during a bioterrorism incident, aid the ambulance corps during a mass casualty incident, or help law enforcement with traffic control. The course is open and free to all Bergen County resi- dents. Osenbruck advised that CERT personnel who complete the program receive a certificate and a ready bag that includes a helmet, reflective vest, gloves, and a flashlight. To become a CERT member, a person must be at least 18 years of age and must possess a valid driver’s license. The borough’s Community Emergency Response Team currently has 21 members. Applications to join the borough’s team may be obtained by e-mailing Lt. Osenbruck at or by calling (201) 8913131, extension 2007. The CERT concept was developed in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department which recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Accordingly, they decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until emergency personnel could arrive. The Barnert Temple of Franklin Lakes invites anyone who is interested in a Reform Jewish experience to its Young Family and to its Yizkor services at this year’s High Holidays. Services on Yom Kippur, Monday, Sept. 28 will welcome non-members to participate, at no cost, in the Young Family Services, which are targeted to those with children four years and younger. The Yizkor (Remembrance) High Holiday services offered to community Service will be held in the afternoon on Yom Kippur, Monday, Sept. 28. Barnert Temple requires that tickets be issued in advance. For pick up information, call the temple at (201) 848-1800 or visit online at For information about joining the Barnert Temple, contact Alice Kintisch, membership liaison, at (201) 8481800. 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