"Response to persons in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. The professionals in search and rescue have carried on this tradition of helping others by dedicating time, information, skills, equipment and funding to the relief of suffering" - www.nasar.org

The Port Richmond CERT and Rescue Team on Staten Island has many members who are NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) certified, as well as New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) wildlands search and rescue certified.

The borough of Staten Island has been nicknamed “The Borough of Parks”. Based on the island’s demographics, the Port Richmond CERT and Rescue decided to expand its search and rescue training beyond the basic CERT curriculum. As a result of its SARTECH II, SARTECH III, and DEC credentials, members of the team have taken part in several searches in New Jersey and New York City. The team has assisted the NYPD in local searches on Staten Island as well.

One of the places Port Richmond CERT and Rescue meets is on the grounds of the Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center on Staten Island. The grounds offer extensive field exercises that will continue to hone the skills of its members.

The team is looking forward to additional training through its liaisons with other local volunteer groups, the Boy Scouts of America, and a classes with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

What is Light Search and Rescue?

Light Search and Rescue consists of three separate operations:

  • Sizeup: Using 9-step, continual model
  • Search: Locating survivors and documenting
  • Rescue: Extricating survivors

When deciding on whether to attempt a rescue, decisions are based on three factors:

  • The risks involved for the rescuer
  • Greatest good for the greatest number
  • Resources and manpower available

The goals of Light Search and Rescue are to rescue greatest number in the shortest amount of time. Get the walking wounded out first, rescue lightly trapped survivors next, and keep the rescuers safe.

Safety is always important for the team.

You can learn more by visiting a Port Richmond CERT meeting or by visiting one of these resources online: