Let’s Get Ready

July 10, 2015


by Lynne Ober

Former Pelham Firefighter, Rich Hanegan, not only stays involved with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and MRC (Medical Reserve Corps), but is an active supporter and organizer of these organizations.  The two organizations joined together to offer Pelham’s first Let’s Get Ready Day on Pelham Village Green.

The weather was optimal for an outside event and community members were quick to stop by and check out the offerings.  “The goal of the day is to help everyone be better prepared for a disaster – small or large,” said Allison Lister, who helped organize the event.  “Today Pelham Fire Department as well as Pelham CERT and MRC are hosting a multi-agency family safety and preparedness day.”

Angela Delany and Lister worked closely together in organizing a variety of vendors who were willing to share their knowledge.  Need to know about Lyme Disease?  You could get help.

Want to see a Search and Rescue Dog go through his paces?  Stop by the area where the dogs were showing how to find a body buried in the rubble.  Dogs and their human partners were on-site to offer demos and talk about what makes a Search and Rescue (SAR) team.  People from many different walks of life train their dogs in search and rescue and then work as teams of two finding and rescuing people.

Altogether there were 28 different agencies sharing information.

The Pelham Fire Department let participants walk through their smoke trailer to find out how difficult it is to respond to a fire.

The Red Cross Disaster Relief had a booth and there was a Red Cross blood drive going on.

Of course, there were food vendors as well.  Who could be outdoors at an event without needing munchies?

New Hampshire Department of Transportation was on hand to explain the new Hands Free Driving Law that went into effect July 1.

“We wanted people to have access to a variety of different vendors and see what kind of help is available in the community,” said Lister.

Kids were drawn to the large costumed characters roaming the grounds and to Pelham’s Police Department’s Bear Cat, which was on display.  Former Pelham Police Lt. Gary Fisher, who is now a Hillsborough County Sheriff, was on hand because he still participates with the Pelham Police Explorer Troop.  “That vehicle is great for on-side support of officers, among other things,” Fisher said.  “If someone gets hurt, we can drive it right up to the hurt office and safely load him or her into the vehicle.  The armor plating protects us as we rescue an injured person.”

Pelham CERT/MRC team does more than organize community events though.  Lister explained that when there is a fire, both groups attend the fire.  “We can provide support and on-side medical treatment for fire fighters who suffer an injury.  Often we are the first line of support for our first responders.”

If you missed this year’s event, watch for it next year.