U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, congratulates the Caribou Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for being recognized for its Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Caribou CERT is being awarded a 2011 Individual and Community Preparedness Award. The award recognizes the innovative practices and achievements of organizations and individuals that work to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.
The Caribou Community Emergency Response Team received an honorable mention. Thirty members of the community are active in the Caribou CERT, led by Fire Chief Roy Woods.

“I am proud of the Caribou first responders who answer calls to fires, damaging weather, or medical emergencies,” said Senator Collins. “This team was the first on the scene this summer when Caribou sustained severe rain damage -- directing traffic and helping victims.

“Under the leadership of Chief Woods the Caribou team designed and constructed a mobile feeding trailer which can be deployed anywhere in the county or State of Maine and set up to provide a hot meal to response or recovery crews. This is a team of heroes and also good neighbors. For example, members volunteered for traffic and safety control for an August event to feed the hungry, among so many other good works. Their efforts make our community stronger.”


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