Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Cumberland Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) consists of 10 highly-skilled and motivated officers of the Cumberland Police Department. The team is supervised by Lieutenant Brian Lepley, with the assistance of Sgt.J.W. Yarnall, and Sgt. Tony Tringler as team leaders. The remaining team members are:
  • Patrolman 1st Class John Lee
  • Patrolman 1st Class Chris Mullaney
  • Patrolman 1st Class Donald Jenkins
  • Corporal Joshua Keckley
  • Detective Jesse Ritter
  • Pfc. Justin Gordon
  • Pfc. Vince Monetelone
Cumberland Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Tactical Medics
The Cumberland Fire Department’s Tactical Medics assigned to the team are:
  • Lieutenant Vince Pyle - Lieutenant/Paramedic
  • Doug Beitzel - Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Mike Salvage - Firefighter/Paramedic
Additional Training
In addition to being assigned to regular patrol shifts, these officers train a minimum of 8 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, active shooters in schools to high-risk warrant service.

The team also utilizes the department’s hostage negotiating unit when needed. The team was activated on 17 occasions in 2014. The team also conducted demonstrations at special events for recruitment and other public relations assignments.