Thursday, November 8, 2007

Community Emergency Response Team Final Exercise: Call for Volunteers 12/1/07

You can participate in one of two ways ...

1.) Come as a CERT member -- you will need to provide a $12 check payable to the NCAC for food AND you will need to bring two victims to participate. This is a great way to freshen up your skills since your last CERT class. Your check will save your slot.

2.) Come as as a Victim. You know from your own training that having a large number of victims helps make the final realistic and fun. As a victim you will be expected to play your role as realistically as possible. You will receive "make-up" to show "wounds" and will have fake blood placed on your clothes. As such, please dress for the elements (we have the drill rain or shine) as you will be waiting outside to be found, in clothes that you can get very dirty, stained, and possibly even torn. Some of you may also be called upon to assist the rescuers in performing their duties. You may participate in any way you feel comfortable.
This is a very exciting opportunity to help your community. Live "victims" are essential to providing high quality training, and you'll learn quite a bit too! We'll even throw in lunch.

You need to arrive at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy (4600 West Ox Rd. Fairfax, VA) by 8:00am. The drill should be completed by 2:00pm. We’ll need you to participate for the entire time. However, if you need to leave early due to an emergency, just let a facilitator know so we can account for you. Due to limited parking, it is requested that you carpool as much as possible.
The schedule for the date usually goes something like this:
8:00am - Check in. You'll be registered and your contact information taken. You'll be given a card with a set of "injuries" you are to act out.
8:00am - 9:30am- You'll start in the makeup process. While this doesn't take much time, there is a wait to get through.
9:30am - 11:00am - Bruch will be served and the lead instructor will give you a brief presentation on safety issues, what to expect, etc.
11:15am - 11:30am - You'll be escorted to the area that you'll be "trapped" or laying.
11:30am - The Drill begins. The rescuers will search, sort the victims by severity, extricate those that are trapped, and transport all victims to a treatment area.
1:30pm - Victim checkout, debrief, and "thank-you's" from the students.


  1. Do we drop off the check ahead of time or the day of the exercise to 'save your slot'?

  2. You can email Derek about how he wants the check handled (probably mailed somewhere ahead of time so the boy scouts can use the money to buy the food for the Dec 1 event) ... he is out of the country for the next week or so though so he may not respond immediately.



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