Early Response Team (ERT) Training

WhenSaturday, September 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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WhereRolling Ridge Conference Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845

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ContactBarbara Burnside, Conference Disaster Response & Mission Coordinator
The Early Response Team (ERT) is the core of our responder group helping disaster survivors. These responders are the ones on the front lines – helping to put a tarp on the roof or cleaning out the muck. ERT members want to be the hands and feet of Christ for the survivors of disasters. With this United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) ERT training you could be one of them!

Registration fee is $35 for morning refreshments, lunch, a basic ERT Manual, and an ERT T-shirt. 

Before arriving, please complete an online background check authorization 

Register and pay online by using the link above or send a check made out to "NEAC" and send it to New England Conference, UMC, P.O. Box 249, Lawrence, MA 01842-0449 Attention: Barbara Burnside.
​Registration deadline is Sept. 20.
UMCOR ERT Trainers are:
Bruce Arbour is the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts District ERT coordinator.  He facilitates the district collection station for the UMCOR disaster response kits and supplies.  In addition to his work with the ERT teams, he is the Deputy Chief Chaplain for the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains (MCFC), supervising the Western MA district.  Rev. Arbour also serves as the chaplain for the Amherst and Northampton Fire Departments providing support to victims.  He has responded through MCFC to Ground Zero to support FDNY in the rescue efforts, the Boston Marathon Bombing follow up care for Boston Fire, and was the coordinating dispatch chaplain for the tornado in Western MA.
Rev. Arbour serves two churches in the Western MA.  With over 30 years of experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy, he brings not only the skills of each, but a deep passion to serve those in their hour of need.  He is currently on staff at the First Interfaith Center on the campus of Westfield State University where is he developing a student program for mission.

Tim McCleary has served in Missions and Outreach service projects within Carter Memorial United Methodist Church as a layperson and has been a leader or participant in many trips over the past 15 years in both early response and rebuild operations.  Service opportunities have been both locally and nationally focused.  Tim will lead a group to Manos Juntas in Rio Bravo, Mexico in July 2017.  He has served on early response teams in both Biloxi (Hurricane Katrina) and New Jersey (Superstorm Sandy).   
Tim also founded the Needham Interfaith Habitat, an organization that raised the funding for a Habitat home ($250,000).   Working with town officials, this group identified and acquired land for a home for qualifying low income family.  Needham House was built and dedicated in 2008.