Office of Emergency Management
OEM Director: Robert Szkodny
OEM Deputy Director: Sgt. Edwards
OEM Staff: Detective Coletta
Phone: (908) 722-4111 ext. 4031
Emergency Information Hotline: (908) 429-8440
Members of the Office of Emergency Management are committed to protect life and property and are dedicated to the concept of Emergency Management. Members are dedicated to the principle of Homeland Security for the United States, the security of Bridgewater Township and it’s resources, and most importantly, the safety of our citizens.
To plan for and maintain a state of emergency preparedness in order to provide for and manage emergency operations to meet the needs of Bridgewater Township and its citizens.
To carry out emergency operations efficiently and diligently, whether addressing an act of criminality or terrorism or the effects of natural or man made disasters.
To develop response capabilities needed to coordinate Police, Fire, EMS, and Public Works emergency services designed to address the onset of or the effects of an emergency or disaster.
In the event of an emergency or disaster, conduct short term recovery operations to restore critical services to the Township and provide for basic needs of the public, and conduct long term recovery operations focused on restoring the community to its normal or improved state.
Carry out mitigation activities that reduce the undesirable effects of unavoidable hazards and reduce the probability of a disaster.
The Bridgewater CERT team is staffed with volunteer members of the community who have received training in basic first aid, fire suppression, basic search and rescue and traffic control. Members of the CERT team have also assisted the police department with at both pre-planned events and emergency responses.
On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 1 time a year.
Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 2
Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 25
Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:
General public / Open classes
Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:
Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:
IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
A total of 2 CERTs have participated in 1 WMD/terrorism exercise for emergency personnel.
A total of 2 CERTs have participated in 1 natural disaster exercise for emergency personnel.
A total of 3 CERTs have participated in 2 medical emergency/strategic national stockpile exercises for emergency personnel.
A total of 2 CERTs have participated in 1 CERT-specific exercise.
CERT in Action
Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies: 4
Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:
Hurricane / Coastal storm
Other – Evacuation of senior citizens housing
Activities During Emergencies:
Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:
Special needs evacuation
Other – Assisting in call centers
If you are interested in joining Bridgewater CERT, contact Sgt. Edwards – Deputy OEM Director at firstname.lastname@example.org