The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a tactical team composed of 20 members including a commander, a team leader, assistant leader and 17 operators. Members are recruited among our deputies on a volunteer basis with the stipulation that all the training exercises are mandatory. ERT members receive 300 hours of specialized training including training held at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama . Members hold certifications in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), response to active shooter incidents, counter-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Members are also certified in field force operations, the use of long range less lethal impact munitions, riot control agents, field force extrication techniques (CUT) and cell extractions.
Within the Sheriff's Office, ERT members assist with high risk trials, high risk warrants, cell extractions and any emergency situations that occur within the courthouse. Members also serve as operators on the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team (MIRT). MIRT is part of the Montgomery County Chiefs of Police Mutual Aid Plan and the Southeastern PA Counter Terrorism Task Force. Members assist with dignitary protection, civil disturbances, large events, disaster emergencies and homeland security situations in the greater Philadelphia Area.