The Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT) consists of nine highly-skilled and motivated officers of the police department.
The team is supervised by Lt. J.W. Yarnall and Sgt. Anthony Tringler as team leaders.
Cpl. D. J. Jenkins
PFC Allen Brown
PFC Devin Lee
PFC Adam Ashby
Ptlm. Bronson Becker
Ptlm. Jim Beck.
The Cumberland Fire Department’s Tactical Medics assigned to the team include:
Lt. Vince Pyle
Firefighters/Paramedics Dan Breeding, Andy Brown and Doug Beitzel.
Jason Layman, from the Western Maryland Health System, is also on the team serving as the lead medic.
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 thirty-six (36) times in 2018. They also conducted demonstrations at special events for recruitment and other public relations assignments.