Free Training Prepares Residents For Potential Disasters

CERTCommunity Emergency Response Team, or CERT, is a training program that prepares residents to help themselves, their families and their 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.  With this training, volunteers can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene. In Fairfax County, CERT training is administered through the auspices of the county fire and rescue department.

TELL YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, THAT REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE UPCOMING BASIC CERT CLASSES STARTING ON APRIL 30th. 

This free CERT Basic training class follows the FEMA curriculum, and is tailored to address potential local disasters and hazards. The instruction is adapted to conform to Fairfax County preparedness and response protocols and procedures. The training consists of a combination of lectures followed by hands-on demonstrations and drills to develop the students’ skills in the areas of emergency preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The Lead Instructor will provide prospective students with class preparation information and a class schedule (syllabus) at least one week prior to the first class meeting. The text and study guide (Participants Manual) will be issued at the first meeting. Students are also provided basic personal protective equipment for the training that they may retain upon completion of the course. This training does not require any physical strength or agility.

Class days:  April 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 2018.  Mondays Wednesdays, 7:00 – 10:30 pm.  At the Fire and Rescue Academy. For more information and to register, please go here: https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={F05862F0-A510-46C2-BC42-865D2805E780}&t=CERT-137-at-the-Fire-and-Rescue-Academy