CERT taps retired Vallejo fire veteran as program coordinator

FAIRFIELD — Retired Vallejo Fire Battalion Chief Byron Berhel has been named the Solano CERT Coordinator, part of a countywide effort by Solano Volunteers to develop coordinated emergency response throughout the count.

The Community Crisis Response Team program is managed by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership. Berhel has 30 years of experience in the fire service.

The county team would work with the city’s emergency response teams.

“This effort will enable mutual aid responses during critical incidents and disasters. It would also allow CERT teams to coordinate funding opportunities such as the Homeland Security Grant Program run by (the Solano County Office of Emergency Services),” said Robyn Rains, Deputy Chief of Emergency Services. emergency at the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, in a statement.

“The Solano CERT program educates volunteers on disaster preparedness and the hazards that may affect their areas, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical operations training in the event of a disaster. disaster,” the statement said. “CERT provides consistent volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.”

Solano Volunteers is part of Community Organizations Active in Disaster.

“Solano Volunteers staff have been instrumental in rebuilding Solano’s disaster-active community organizations and have staff who sit on the board of directors,” Solano Volunteers manager Rhonda Smith said in the release. . “We are thrilled to have Byron join our team as he has dedicated his life to public safety and community service. His passion and commitment to CERT’s mission and meeting people’s needs is exactly what we need to move CERT forward in Solano County.

For more information about the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, visit cvnl.org. For more information on Solano’s community organizations active in disasters, visit https://solanocoad.org/.

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