Sunday, December 2, 2007

Congratulations CERT 29!

Hi Folks!
I wanted to pass on a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the graduates of the CERT 29 class, who went through their final exercise yesterday at the fire academy! You had lots of victims (47 I believe?) and a lot of heavy extrications to do; you learned how to properly use a fire extinguisher. You all got to deal with the exciting issue of disaster psycholgy; you all either met(or dealt with the consequences of ) CERT 19 graduate Patty Greek's daughter, SHE was the one pulling the tags off the victims!
Above all, you put all the training you've had together in one large, stressful and trying mass casualty disaster situation. You sweated, toiled, stressed and worked hard to find your victims and take care of them. (I can imagine each of you slept very well last night, too.......)
I would like to personally congratulate each and every one of the CERT 29 graduates; thanks to each and every one of you for taking the CERT class; and thanks to each of you for "standing up" and learning skills to make your homes, families and your community safer places. As Derek says, "YOU ROCK!!!!!" MANY thanks to the instructors that trained you; Derek, Mike, Steve, Jim, Donna, Cathleen, Jack, Susy, David, Lani ,Bob and all the prior CERT graduates who helped as victims during the classes and the drill. Combined, these folks must have over a million years of disaster mitigation experience :) Their high levels of professionalism,extensive knowledge and complete willingness to share their experience with all of us make Fairfax County CERT a truly unique and real world training experience.
We all hope that our CERT training will never have to be used; but there is great comfort in knowing that if we're ever needed, we have more CERT team brothers and sisters help shoulder the load.
I'll post some pictures of the exercise as soon as I can.

your volunteer PIO


  1. Here are some I took:

  2. Great pictures, Mike. Thanks for sharing them with us.


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