The Friends of the Berks County Emergency Response Team Fund was established in 2022 to support the mission of the team through the purchasing of specialized equipment and the funding of additional training for team members.

The Berks County Emergency Response Team (BCERT) was formed in 2007 and is comprised of highly-trained and skilled officers from throughout Berks County. BCERT has a tactical unit and a crisis negotiation unit. The team serves as a resource for local, state, and federal agencies in the management and resolution of special threats and high-risk incidents, including hostage situations, barricaded subjects, sniper situations, high-risk warrant service and apprehensions, special assignments, and active shooters.

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Members of the Berks County Emergency Response Team stand outside Berks County Community Foundation with Franki Aitken, second from right, Chief Operating Officer for the Community Foundation, after establishing the Friends of the Berks County Emergency Response Team Fund in 2022.