The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self”, and while this motto is meant to explain the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service of Rotarians, it is equally applicable to the “Hometown Heroes” who unselfishly give, or have given, more than their required job to protect, educate and serve our entire community or nation.
Presenting the award to Engineer Robert Brouwer, in the area of firefighter, was Tracey Hansen, Fire Chief. With the Cosumnes Fire Department for 11 years, Engineer Brouwer first became involved with the Elk Grove/Galt CERT program in 2008 and has been the coordinator since 2009.
The CERT program (Community Emergency Response Team) is one of the primary training initiatives to prepare the public to meet the challenge of a natural or man-made disaster in their community. As coordinator, Engineer Brouwer oversees the training for CERT members in areas such as disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster Medical Operations-Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries.
Brouwer has coordinated several events, including a regional disaster drill that took place at the mall site in Elk Grove. Under his leadership, the CERT program has added and fully supplied two disaster trailers, a training trailer and a converted medic unit.
The ElkGrove/Galt CERT program is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Engineer Brouwer volunteers many hours of his time off to get things done for this valuable community program. His efforts, time and passion led to his nomination as a Hometown Hero.