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DuPage sheriff, Milton Township forge partnership

James Mendrick
James Mendrick

The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has announced a partnership with Milton Township’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The collaboration is at no cost to either organization or municipality and serves to bolster emergency response in our times of greatest need. The DuPage County Sheriff’s Office has about 40 volunteers that can be called at the ready while Milton Township CERT has trained and certified more than 1,500 members.

“We are very excited to be entering into this new partnership with the Sheriff's Office. Our members are trained in many areas where they can be used as additional manpower as the situation dictates,” Milton CERT Director Marty Keller said in a statement. “Engaging CERT expands the response capabilities of the Sheriff’s Office and the real life experiences will sharpen our skills.”

Through training, volunteers can manage utilities and put out small fires; provide basic medical aid by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock as well as search for and rescue victims.

“This is yet another community partnership that will benefit the citizens of DuPage County,” Sheriff James Mendrick said in a statement.