In 2021 the Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT) consisted of seven highly-skilled and motivated officers of the police department. The team was supervised by Sgt. D.J. Jenkins along with Cpl. Allen Brown as a team leader. The remaining team members are Sgt. Chris Golliday, PFC. Devin Lee, PFC Adam Ashby, PFC. Bronson Becker and PFC. Jim Beck.
The Cumberland Fire Department’s Tactical Medics assigned to the team included Captain Vince Pyle and Firefighters/Paramedics Andy Brown and Doug Beitzel. Dan Breeding was a tactical medic as well; however, he took employment with a different agency in March of 2021.
Jason Layman, from the Western Maryland Health System, is also on the team serving as the lead medic and Dr. Rameen Shafiei served as the team’s doctor.
In addition to being assigned to regular patrol shifts, these officers train a minimum of eight additional hours each month in emergency response tactics. The team is considered “on call” on a permanent basis, responding to an emergency at any time. The team is trained for any type of situation from barricaded hostage incidents to high-risk warrant service. The team also utilizes the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, when needed. The CERT team was activated fourteen (14) times in 2021. They also conducted demonstrations at special events for recruitment and other public relations assignments.