BUCKFIELD – Eight of the 17 recent Community Emergency Response Team graduates met Tuesday night to elect officers.

Clayton Schneider of Sumner, a retired engineer, was chosen as team leader, and school safety consultant George P. Jones, III, was elected secretary. Jones also lives in Sumner.

The team serves the three SAD 39 towns – Buckfield, Hartford and Sumner. Members come from each of the towns. The team will report to Oxford County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Parker and may be invited to serve in other towns or elsewhere as the need arises.

After the team takes an additional two days of training in shelter operations members will be qualified to operate public shelters in an emergency. They already have training and equipment to prepare them if they are the first on the scene of an accident or disaster. In a major event they can assist professional responders with light search and rescue, triage, medical care and other functions.

The team also may take training for First Aid and CPR, traffic control and searching for lost persons.

CERT training prepares a person to care for themselves, their family and their neighbors in an emergency situation. Each graduate receives a backpack filled with emergency equipment and supplies that they can keep in their car or home.

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