Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Volunteer Opportunity for you!

This was sent out in an email to all the Fairfax County CERT members this morning. There have been some email issues; so we will repost the email here to make sure everyone gets it.
You can contact Dana if interested at


Dear CERT Member:

How would you like to become a member of one of the Volunteer Fire
Departments in Fairfax County under Fire Corps? Fire Corps is one of
the sister organizations of CERT and falls under the Citizen Corps
Council. The requirements are far less demanding than becoming an
Administrative Member but you could still perform important functions.
The Greater Springfield and Vienna VFDs are looking for trained CERT
members to help with Bingo and other fundraising activities and also
assist with standby events. One of the biggest impacts you could make
would be to become qualified to drive and operate one of their canteens.
They will train you to function as a canteen operator and you could be
dispatched to fire scenes or events to provide food and drinks to
firefighters as they perform their duties. The canteens are dispatched
on two-alarm or greater fires, or incidents that are complex and of
longer duration.

The requirements are that you need to live within a 20 minute drive of
the fire station and will need to complete a background investigation.
You will also need a valid driver's license and a good driving record to
operate as a canteen driver.

If you are looking for ways to become more involved and are interested
in exploring this option, please send me an email to that effect. I
will compile a list of interested CERT members to forward on to the
volunteer chiefs from each station. I have listed the address of the
two stations below so that you can see if you meet the criteria.

Vienna VFD
400 Center Street,
Vienna, VA 22315

Greater Springfield VFD
South 7011 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Dana Powers
Management Analyst II
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Volunteer Liaison