Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek presented a 10-year Proclamation honoring DMFD Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to Deputy Chief Dennis Tyrrell. Pictured left to right are Whit Revell, Nigel Matson, Chief Dennis Tyrrell, Murray Gordon, Jonathon Olsen, Paul Schickel, David Harden, Supervisor Andy Kunasek, Brigitte Rivera, and Ann Hutchinson.
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Daisy Mountain CERT celebrates 10-year anniversary

Staff Report~ 11/26/2014

NEW RIVER – The Daisy Mountain Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team is celebrating 10 years of volunteer service to the north valley community.

Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek congratulated local CERT members at his monthly community meeting on Nov. 18, presenting the team with a Proclamation in recognition of their 10 years of service. In 2004, the Daisy Mountain CERT chapter was established with 15 local residents. Now, the local CERT has trained over 300 residents and maintains a corps of 30 CERT volunteers who stay engaged through monthly training meetings, participation in inter-agency drills, special deployments, and 10 to 12 community events annually to provide first aid services and share their disaster preparedness knowledge.

The CERT program offers volunteers 21 hours of training, with a curriculum established by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. This program helps equip community volunteers with preparedness skills so they can take care of themselves and their families in the event of a disaster.

The Daisy Mountain CERT has provided assistance in multiple crises, including in 2005 when evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita were sheltered in the Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, during the 2006 New River fire, the 2010 New River flood, the 2012 bank bomb threat, and the 2013 Anthem monsoon flood. CERT members also assist with traffic safety campaigns and help stranded motorists during lengthy freeway closures.

To learn more about the Daisy Mountain CERT program or to join, visit www.dmfdcc.org.