Thursday, May 28, 2009

Victims, please.....

We are in need of people to play the role of "victims" for the upcoming CERT drill scheduled for June 7, 2009. 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 9:30am. The drill should be completed by 3:00pm. We will need you to participate for the entire time. However, if you need to leave early due to an emergency, just let a Controller know so we can account for you. Due to limited parking, it is requested you carpool as much as possible.

The schedule for the date usually goes something like this:
9:00am - Arrive and park.

9:30am - Check in. You'll be registered and your contact information taken. You'll be given a card with a set of "injuries" you are act out.

9:45am - 10:30am- You'll start in the makeup process. While this does not take much time, there is a wait to get through.

10:30am – Brunch and the lead instructor will give you a brief presentation on safety issues, and what to expect.

11:00am - 11:15am - You will be escorted to the area that you will be "trapped" or laying about.

11:15pm - The Drill begins. The rescuers will search, sort the victims by severity, extricate those who are trapped, and transport all victims to a treatment area.
2:30pm - Victim checkout, debrief, and "thank-you's" from the students.

We prefer adults, but will gladly accept minors 15 years and older with signed parental consent (contact actors@fairfaxcountycert.org for the form) and a full understanding of what's involved. If you would like a child younger than 15 to participate, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will not participate as a victim but will stay near the child during the entire exercise. At checkout, those that would like them can receive a certificate signifying 6.5 hours of community service provided.

Please give your name, phone number and E-mail address to actors@fairfaxcountycert.org and let them know you read about it on the blogspot.


Mike