- Bedfordshire CERT is a Community Emergency Response Team.
- CERT members are volunteers from a town, village or other local area, trained and willing to respond to an emergency.
- They provide support to increase resilience during emergency incidents such as fires, flooding, disease outbreak, major transport disruption or a loss of utilities.
- Bedfordshire Local Emergency Volunteers Executive Committee (BLEVEC) is the how the voluntary sector fits into BLRF.
- Bedfordshire CERT is part of BLEVEC, along with other emergency voluntary organisations such as Midshires Search and Rescue, the British Red Cross, Beds and Cambs 4×4 Recovery and Royal Voluntary Service, to name but a few.
- By joining Bedfordshire CERT you can be part of a team that is ready to assist during these emergencies, helping build resilience and support their community.
Essential Qualities for a CERT volunteer are:
- Ability to follow instructions
- Effective communicator
- Logical approach to problem solving
- Team working
Desirable Qualities for a CERT volunteer are:
- Ability to work under pressure
- Knowledge of local area
- First Aid trained
- Full UK driving licence
- A smartphone and the ability to use WhatsApp
- Every CERT volunteer receives regular training and is invited to attend large-scale exercises alongside organisations from the emergency services. Our training events are designed to test our members, and are realistic to reflect the risks in our area. Scenarios have previously included plane crashes, major floods and severe weather.
- Bedfordshire CERT responders are given the freedom to arrange their own localised training and social events depending on the needs of the community and its members. Full support and guidance is also available from Emergency Planning Officers across the Local Authorities.
- You can read more about the CERT volunteers Training and Development here.