Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department. The training prepares residents to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, residents can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
At this time, the next available CERT Class is scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 17. This class is scheduled primarily for Fort Belvoir residents and employees, and military retirees who have authorized ID card access to Fort Belvoir. Additionally, arrangements can be made for access for others with a background check. There is one session each week on Thursdays that run until October 5. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise.
CERT training is free of charge and basic gear is provided. The minimum requirements to participate in CERT training at any level is that residents be 16 years of age or older, and either be a Fairfax County resident, or work in the county.
To learn more about CERT, please go here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fr/cert/cert.htm