Emergency response volunteers graduate from NYC Emergency Management Dept.

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Thirty eight community emergency response team volunteers graduated from the New York City Emergency Management Department Tuesday.

New York City Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT) are groups of dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters.

The ceremony honored graduates for completing a five-week training program in disaster preparedness and basic emergency response skills, including fire safety, search and rescue, traffic management, first aid and triage and human services.

There are more than 1,300 CERT volunteers throughout New York City.

Seventeen graduates are set to join CERTs in Brooklyn, 10 in Staten Island, eight in Manhattan and three will head to Queens.

This class marks the 31st graduating class since the New York City CERT program launched in 2003

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