The Cambrian

Cambria CERT plans show-and-tell event

Cambria’s Community Emergency Response Team members want the people they serve to know more about the volunteer group, so they’re inviting the town’s residents to a show-and-tell meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 18.

This quarterly meeting, designed to bring team members up to date, will serve the same function for interested residents. According to Jerry Wood, assistant CERT coordinator, the meeting will be held at the rear of the Cambria Fire Department station at 2850 Burton Drive.

Cambria’s CERT has been lauded by county and other emergency-management representatives. Sheriff Ian Parkinson has called Cambria’s volunteer team “our model for other CERT programs” elsewhere in the county.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays professional first responders, CERT members can assist others, applying basic skills they learned during training. Those skills can help save lives.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and being well-organized to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. The team helps during emergencies and disasters, especially when citizens initially are on their own, and in which team members’ actions can make a real difference. For details, go to

At the July 18 meeting, various types of emergency equipment will be on display, including a Cambria Fire engine, Cambria Community Healthcare District ambulance, North Coast Ocean Rescue team rescue boat and a Cal Fire brush engine (assuming none are responding to an incident at the time).

The new CERT storage shed will be open for inspection, as will the CERT trailer. Representatives from CERT and the other agencies will be on hand to answer questions about the vehicles and what the staffers and volunteers do.

And people who may be interested in joining CERT to become active members of the team — or who want to take the training so they’ll be better prepared for emergencies and natural disasters affecting their own homes and families — will be able to get details at the meeting.