CERT volunteers explore ‘Crisis Track’ program

Community Emergency Response Team volunteers went on a scavenger hunt of sorts last Saturday as they searched for signs placed around town representing downed wires, fallen trees and resident complaints. The goal was to simulate the kinds of problems that have arisen in Ridgefield during past storms as they tried a new program called “Crises Track.”  Crises Track can relay … read more

Amateur radio emergency service participates in nationwide drill

The distorted voice in the otherwise quiet radio room of the Ridgefield Emergency Operations Center (EOC) tells the story. Whipping wind and other weather related challenges have wiped out Internet, cell phones and landlines statewide. The only form of communication that remains is via amateur radio, popularly known as HAM Radio.  Regional and state representatives are asking Ridgefield’s experienced team … read more

Police, firefighters to host Safety Day Sept. 23

Folks snap shots of a helicopter at Safety Day in 2014 —Scott Mullin photo

Crash simulators, a K-9 team demonstration, and a chance for kids to get up close to Eagle One, the police helicopter — the town’s annual Safety Day is Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School. Those who attend will get a chance to see … read more

Fire chief advises residents on preparing for emergencies

A full bathtub, a LED flashlight, a tank of gas — those were just some of the things town agencies advise residents to have on hand in case of a storm or other emergency. But for senior citizens living in this suburban town that sometimes feels more rural than urban, disaster preparation means stocking up on things like oxygen tanks, … read more

In case of emergency: Georgetown nonprofit creating disaster relief guide

In an emergency, where can one get shelter? Food? Warmth? Those are the kinds of questions that John Murren, president of Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. (GVRI), plans to answer in a packet he’s creating for all local residents. Murren plans to name the packet “Resource Guide for Emergencies.” “We will put together a document that lists all warming and cleanup … read more

CERT seeks drone pilots

A fully loaded drone can cost upwards of $2,000 (plus camera equipment), will stabilize itself in winds up to 30 mph, and requires a special pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly for commercial use. It also sounds like a swarm of particularly angry bees when taking off. Standing outside the Yanity gym last Thursday, Dec. 7, Sean … read more

SPHERE launches new educational program, SPHERE Talks

SPHERE launched a new educational program — SPHERE Talks — for its members, families, caretakers and volunteers last Thursday evening. A personal safety workshop was hosted by Captain Jeff Kreitz and Lieutenant Shawn Platt of the Ridgefield Police Department; Deputy Fire Marshall Guy Miglinas of the Ridgefield Fire Department; and Director Dick Aarons and CERT volunteer Vivian Epstein of Ridgefield’s … read more

CERT training classes begin May 15

With hurricane season just around the corner, Ridgefield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will host classes beginning Monday, May 15. To fulfill the 20-hour program requirement for residents age 16 and older, there will be four weeknight classes and one Saturday classes. “Our numbers are growing,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “It’s great to have so many volunteers because the … read more

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