CERT Trailer Gets a Makeover

Posted by April Reiling on Nov 08, 2013
Tags: Community, Public Safety, Town News, Trophy Club Gives, TCPD, TCFD, Volunteer

The Trophy Club Emergency Volunteer Association (TCEVA) has waited a long time to unveil the new reflective graphics on the group’s emergency response trailer…and the trailer looks AWESOME!

In the fall of 2012, the police department approached the Byron Nelson High School (BNHS) art department to help develop graphics for the side of the trailer. BNHS art students went to work designing artwork concepts and the student who came up with the basis for the trailer design is Connor Duffy. The final design utilized pieces of what the students submitted and several revisions were made until everyone was happy with the final concept.

The TCEVA members also worked on a new logo for the organization and when a concept was agreed upon, the design was sent to a graphic artist who refined and finalized the logo. Once formally approved by TCEVA, the logo was incorporated into the trailer graphics, along with the Trophy Club Fire, Police and CERT logos.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) cargo trailer was purchased in July 2012 with grant monies from the Department of Homeland Security. The trailer cost $3,005 and the graphics cost $950, which was paid for by TCEVA. The trailer houses TCEVA emergency supplies that allow the CERT team to respond to any given mission, from emergency search and rescue missions to light firefighting duties.  The trailer was used to haul emergency supplies to the Moore, OK tornado victims earlier this year and often serves as a display trailer at community events.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer group that is trained to respond to emergencies and assist the Police and Fire Departments in various ways. Trophy Club CERT has responded during flood events, as well as providing valuable services during special events.

CERT training is a 24 hour course that encompasses light fire fighting, first aid, and search and rescue. Training is offered in-house, but CERT training obtained from any certified instructor is accepted because the CERT curriculum is standardized throughout the nation.

In Trophy Club, CERT members are required to complete either a Citizen Police or Citizens Fire Academy prior to attending CERT training. Our CERT has been funded by the acquisition of two federal grants that have enabled us to provide personal protective equipment and team equipment that is needed for a CERT to be viable.

If you are interested in participating in the training leading to an opportunity to volunteer in this capacity, call or email the Community Service Officer at 682-831-4651.

TCEVA volunteers pictured left to right (above): Luanne Wing, Kevin Hale, David Henry Jr., Wayne Hummer, John Lynch, Kathryn Urbanszewski, Jeff Millett, Scott Spooner