The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Fairfax County is offering three CERT Basic training classes in the 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 9th, and the second on Wednesdays, beginning Sept 11th. Each class will have eight (8) sessions, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There is a good mix classroom instruction with practice drills and exercises to enhance skill learning. These class utilizing the fire academy training facilities and instructors.
A third CERT class will be conducted in the community at the Great Springfield Volunteer Fire Station 22 (7011 Backlick Road) beginning on Wednesday Sept 11th. This class has eight (8) sessions, 7:00pm to 9:30 pm. 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. The CERT program 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 on themselves, their homes or workplace.
When emergencies happen, 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.
You can enroll in any of these three classes by going to the Fairfax County CERT website: www.fairfaxcountyCERT.com. 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.
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