Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CERT, CERT 2 and CERT3-more excitement from Fairfax County CERT

Hi folks!
Here is another exciting development in the CERT program. This is the press release for the new tiered CERT levels. As you can see; this new program will get many, many more people interested in disaster preparedness. Derek, Mike and Steve look forward to your comments!
The best thing is, there's more to come.
Terry
your BUSY!! volunteer PIO

FAIRFAX COUNTY COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)

4600 WEST OX ROAD

FAIRFAX,VIRGINIA 22030
www.fairfaxcountycert.blogspot.com

pio@fairfaxcountycert.org
Tuesday,July 1st,2008

FAIRFAX COUNTY CERT ANNOUNCES NEW TIERED CERT PROGRAM

The Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team is recognized for its advanced training techniques and outstanding performance. In order to capitalize on the success, an innovative tiered CERT program is being introduced. The current CERT program will be divided into three levels, each level providing increased training and capabilities.

CERT
CERT will be taught using the existing FEMA provided curriculum but with the removal of patient carries, lifting and cribbing. This provides the ability to make the course completely mobile. Utilizing the current volunteer instructor cadre as instructors, this course will be taught to community groups, faith based communities, and others throughout Fairfax County. CERT will take approximately 12 ½ - 15 hours of time over 5 or 6 classes to conduct plus a final exercise. CERT will greatly expand the opportunities to teach residents the need for disaster preparedness in a unique and interactive way.

CERT Level 2
The existing Fairfax County CERT training program will stay as CERT Level 2. This course provides much greater hands-on training and multiple applications of learned skills. The class is 28 hours plus the final exercise. The optional “bridge” course to move from CERT to CERT Level 2 will require 17.5 hours over 5 classes. Students may also start at CERT Level 2 if they choose.

CERT Level 3
This level will take a trained and motivated CERT Level 2 member and provide additional training for integration within existing county incident command structures. This short 12 hour course will be lead by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue instructors and other county agencies. The course will require a member background check in addition to a written and practical examination that requires a passing score. Upon successful completion of this course, members will be added to the county call out system and will be provided accountability credentials.


For media inquiries please contact
pio@fairfaxcountycert.org

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