Trained volunteers will boost safety

By on August 21, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A few Kane County Sheriff’s officers usually help with traffic control and safety during Elburn Days events, but they will be busy this year with those tasks at the Solheim Cup in Sugar Grove. However, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith is not concerned, because he has a new source of assistance, the village’s Citizen Emergency Response Team.

“I think we’ll be fine,” Smith said.

The village held its C.E.R.T. training program in March for residents who want to help local authorities with emergencies and disasters. The free classes taught skills including first aid, disaster-victim psychology, and parking and traffic control.

Smith also is seeking help from other local communities C.E.R.T. programs, to help the village with public safety during Elburn Days, Aug. 21-23.

“We’re just going to have to be a little creative this year as far as where our assistance will come from,” Smith said.

Smith said the C.E.R.T. volunteers will help mostly with parking, for the parade Friday evening and at Lions Park during the weekend festival.