Plainsboro CERT Members Graduate
Published: Friday, November 30, 2012
Plainsboro Police Department and the Plainsboro Office of Emergency
Management have announced the graduation
of the 2012 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Over the past 10 weeks the 15-member class has attended weekly training in disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations,
search and rescue, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness. Classes included both lecture and practical training. Several formerly trained CERT members attended the training as
The CERT team assisted for several days during super storm Sandy. CERT was responsible for managing the township shelter during the storm as well as assisting the Plainsboro township fire department with food and clothing collection and distribution at the shore region. “The CERT Team should be commended for their dedication and commitment to the Plainsboro community and for their timely assistance during Sandy,” said Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis.
Since the start of Plainsboro CERT in early 2004 the organization has trained more than 125 people and has been one of the largest CERT teams in the state of New Jersey. In the wake of super storm Sandy, it has never been more necessary to have the volunteer assistance from trained community members. For information contact Plainsboro OEM Deputy Coordinator Steven Holmes at
Plainsboro assisted living center resident is reported missing, found 3 hours later in activities room
Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 5:37 PM
By Alex Zdan/The Times, Trenton
PLAINSBORO– A three-hour search for a resident missing from an assisted living facility in Plainsboro ended Saturday evening when the resident was found in an activities room inside the building, police said.
The staff at the Pavilion Skilled Nursing Facility at 5000 Windrow Drive called police at 8:30 p.m. Saturday to report a missing resident. Officers who went out to the scene and conducted an investigation also believed the resident was missing, police said in a news release.
Multiple agencies were called out to assist: Plainsboro Township First Aid, the Plainsboro Township, Kingston, Millstone Valley, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Fire and Rocky Hill Fire Departments, Princeton Township EMS, and Twin W First Aid. The Plainsboro Township Community Emergency Response Team also came out and led the three-hour search.
The search was called off after the resident was located in the activities room, police said.
POLICE BLOTTER: Plainsboro
Thursday, April 15, 2010 5:05 PM EDT
A gas pipeline was struck at a construction site on the Princeton
University Forrestal Campus at 9:51 a.m. April 8.
According to police, the surrounding buildings were evacuated, and Forrestal Road was shut down temporarily while emergency responders addressed the gas leak.
PSE&G and Plainsboro police, Plainsboro EMS, Plainsboro Fire Company, Plainsboro CERT, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Fire Department, Princeton Junction Fire Company, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company and Princeton Public Safety all responded to the scene. PSE&G abated the gas leak, and roads subsequently were reopened.
Volunteer Spotlight on: Anthony Lieber
Tony is the Staff Supervisor of Plainsboro’s all volunteer Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.). C.E.R.T. volunteers receive training that prepares them to assist in the event of an emergency. Plainsboro’s success with this important program – we have the largest C.E.R.T. team in the county – can be directly attributed to the enthusiastic efforts of Tony and the other volunteers. Giving back to Plainsboro is something that Tony is passionate about. He proudly proclaims,“If it wasn’t for all the great people I get to work with, trust me, I’d spend my free time doing something else.”
Tony and his wife Ellen have been residents of Plainsboro for more than 20 years. They have two children, Sara and Jacob. A graduate of Rutgers University, Tony owns a real estate investment company.
When he is not volunteering or spending time with his family and friends,Tony likes to play golf and fish.
Tony’s community’s spirit, like that of so many others, is a great benefit to Plainsboro.
It was graduation day on March 22nd at Plainsboro Town Hall when 29 volunteers became the first graduates of Plainsboro’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. The CERT program trains citizen volunteers to assist emergency personnel in responding to emergency situations in Plainsboro. “CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, provide assistance to victims and organizational support at disaster sites. They can also help with non-emergency projects and help improve the safety of the community,” stated Deputy Mayor Neil Lewis, Township Committee liaison to Public Safety. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and take a more active role in preparing our community. The CERT graduates received a 10-week instructional program that included training in disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations. Traffic direction and control and emergency management operations were also part of the training.
A second training session is already underway in Plainsboro. CERT teams are forming throughout New Jersey and the United States. They are sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
CERT graduates: Marjorie E. Behrens, Theodore M. Biewer, Carolynn A. Bitzer, Lawrence M. Crossey,
Joan Galpen, Richard C. Gould, Linda Sue Hill, Richard A. Kaplan, Farida B. Khan,
Michelle G. Korn, Anthony R. Lieber, Jacquline Pagan, Jesus Pagan,
Joanne C. Petto, Manick Rajendran, Bonnie Rumpf, Peter J. Sandor, Howard J. Stern,
Perry A. Straley, Maryann Sullivan,Marcia J. Szochet, Mel Szochet, Debra A.Uhaze,
Ajit K.Unni Parakulangara, Ruby Watts, Frederick A. Wein (RIP), Sandra Weinstein,
Linda J. Weisfeld and John J. Wiegartner.