Laurel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT trains and organizes teams of volunteers that provide assistance to the citizens of Laurel before, during, and after disasters. CERT volunteers help others following disasters when professional responders are not immediately available to help, and supplement and support the efforts of professional responders upon their arrival. CERT volunteers also support emergency response departments by organizing and participating in local preparedness projects and initiatives. The CERT program educates participants about how to prepare for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
The Office of Emergency Management directs the CERT team in accordance with procedures adopted by the CERT Board of Directors. The Office of Emergency Management also provides support to CERT members, recommends procedures, for approval by the City Administrator and Mayor, regarding emergency operations management, along with possible eligibility for City of Laurel public safety funds.
Emergency Services Commission
The Emergency Services Commission was created and established by Resolution Number 1-04, on February 9, 2004. The Commission is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. In order to provide administrative continuity, three (3) members serve five-year terms and two (2) members serve three-year terms. The Chair of the Commission is elected annually by its members. The Commission is responsible to ensure that the citizens of Laurel receive effective service delivery of all Police, Fire, Rescue, Emergency Medical and Public Works services. In addition the Commission forwards recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding proposed changes in procedures necessary to provide and enhanced level of emergency services for the citizens of Laurel. The Commission provides recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for the Capital Improvement Program, as well as operating budgets for Police, Fire, Rescue and Departments of Public Works, Recreation, Technology and Citizens Emergency Response Team. The Commission further recommends to the Mayor and City Council programs to enhance recruitment and retention efforts within the City’s Police, Fire and Rescue Departments.
The Commission monitors “around-the-clock” staffing levels at the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department & Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad to ensure adequate response capabilities are provided to the citizens of Laurel. If necessary, the Commission will recommend to the Mayor and City Council appropriate steps necessary to maintain adequate staffing levels. The Commission provides recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding the use of funds set aside in the City’s budget for emergency services. The Commission serves as the Board of Directors for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Commission also monitors and evaluates tax revenue utilized by the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad, Laurel Police Department and Department of Public Works.
Fire & Rescue Services
Part of Laurel's advantage is it's unique location; four counties converge at the City of Laurel, forming a network of fire and emergency services that benefit all the residents and businesses of Laurel.
- You Benefit From:
- Quick Emergency Response Time
- Superior Fire and Rescue Services
- Well-equipped stations
- Dedicated career and volunteer staffing