This outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its sickness Covid-19 will place a burden on our local emergency response teams. This will give the CERT teams an opportunity to mitigate some of that burden and give back to the people that have worked with us, trained us and shared their expertise with us since 2005. Our local fire departments will require that our CERT team is organized and ready to help at a moment’s notice. With that goal, staying current will be a daily task. Just as the Governor DeWine updates us on the state of the battle again the virus in the state, this page will attempt to maintain open communication lines between the fire departments, the BBH CERT coordination team and the CERT members.
The BBH CERT Coordination team met with Chief Zamiska of the Brecksville Fire Department and he has asked for our assistance on three important tasks- two short-term tasks and one long term.
TASK 1: The Brecksville Fire Department has secured elastic to replace the straps on N95 masks. They are asking for
Ideally the elastic will be here on April 8, but the organization team would like to collect volunteers and supplies. As of now, we will be working in the training room at the Brecksville Fire Station.
You can see Melissa complete the replacement of a set of straps at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL8wX2n3QG0
TASK 2: The Brecksville Fire Department will be POD (point of distribution) for PPE supplies for the fire departments in Cuyahoga County. Chief Zamiska would like volunteers to
Ideally this will be a drive through process (possibly at the Brecksville Fire Station) so the local fire department can get back to their stations quickly. No date has been given for when the supplies will arrive and we may be given only short-term notice so the volunteers need to be ready to deploy.
It goes without saying that all events will strictly adhere to CDC guidelines for health, distancing and PPE.