When emergencies happen, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the preparedness and safety of the community.Fairfax County is offering three CERT basic training classes this fall.
- Two identical classes will be conducted at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (4600 West Ox Road). The first class is held on Mondays, beginning Sept 9, and the second on Wednesdays, beginning Sept 11. Each class will have eight sessions, 7-10 p.m. There is a good mix of classroom instruction with practice drills and exercises to enhance skill learning.
- A third CERT class will be conducted at the Great Springfield Volunteer Fire Station 22 (7011 Backlick Road) beginning on Wednesday, Sept 11. This class also has eight sessions, 7-9:30 p.m. The classroom instruction is the same as the Academy classes, but the class size and hands-on instruction is limited by the available facilities.
CERT basic training does not require any special physical strength or agility. Safety and preparedness is stressed throughout the course of instruction. This training is free and CERT furnishes personal protective equipment for the training that the students retain upon completion of the class. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards.
You can enroll in any of these three classes by going to the Fairfax County CERT website. Register as a new volunteer and when confirmed you can login and register for CERT class 73, 74 or 75.
For further information contact the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator’s Office, 703-246-3926, TTY 711. You can also follow the Fairfax County CERT volunteers blog for news and updates on CERT activities.
CERT basic training can be conducted anywhere in the community for civic or church groups, businesses or neighborhood associations – contact the CERT volunteer training coordinator at 703-887-1421, TTY 711, for the class size and facility requirements.
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