Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2014 Fairfax County CERT Training Classes Open for Enrollment

Fairfax County CERT is happy to announce the first batch of training activities for 2014, with 22 classes already scheduled and ready for enrollment, and more on the way!

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2014 image by Flickr user artisrams, used under Creative Commons license.
See the class listings below. For full information and to register for a class, please visit the Fairfax County CERT site and follow the instructions shown here:

To Register for CERT Training:

Visit www.fairfaxcert.com and log in. If you don't have a training account, you'll need to register. After you've logged in:
  1. Click the "Training" tab in the navigation bar
  2. Select "Training Calendar"
  3. Click the right arrow (>>) to show the month you want
  4. Click on the name of the class you want on the date it's offered
  5. To sign up for a class, click the "Enroll" button next to the one you want. You'll receive a confirmation email at your registered address.
(Please note -- if you register for a class and later find out that you won't be able to attend, please take a moment to visit the site and unenroll: This will free up a slot allowing another CERT member to take the course.)
Important Technical Note: The FairfaxCERT.com site works best with Firefox and Chrome web browsers. Internet Explorer and mobile users may have problems registering. If you're unable to register, please email your name and which class you want to attend to fire.cert@fairfaxcounty.gov
 

  • January 8, Wednesday: CERT HazMat Awareness (CERT-Haz): A general introduction to hazardous materials. 
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CERT students demonstrate their lifting and cribbing skills to free a trapped victim during their graduation exercise.
  • January 21, begins Tuesday: CERT II - Class 79 (CERT 79): The full CERT training, meeting once a week for seven weeks, ending in March with a full-scale graduation exercise. A mixture of classroom and hands-on training, students will learn skills to help themselves, their families, and their communities in case of a disaster, including triage, disaster medicine, fire suppression, search-and-rescue, and more.
  • January 22, begins Wednesday: CERT II - Class 80 (CERT 80): The same training as above, except offered on Wednesday nights.
  • February 1, Saturday: Infectious Control / Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP): CERTs will learn about infectious-disease-causing organisms they might encounter in different disasters, as well as infection control precautions they should take.
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    A moulaged victim actor during a CERT exercise displays a realistic impalement and flesh wounds.
  • February 10, Monday: Art of Moulage (MOU-1): Learn how to apply moulage, or realistic wound makeup, to victim actors at training exercises.
  • February 13, Thursday: Tour of EOC (Tour EOC): CERTs will see the workings of Fairfax County's Emergency Operations Center.
  • February 18, begins Tuesday: CERT - Class 81 (CERT 81): CERT training in the community (Fairfax), meeting once a week for eight weeks. Students will learn disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and more, in hands-on and classroom training.
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Animal stand-ins during a prior CERT training session on Pet First Aid During Disasters.
  • February 24, Monday: CERT Animal Module 1 (CERT An 1): CERT members will learn emergency preparedness for animal owners and how to recognize specific animal behaviors. 
  • March 3, Monday: CERT Animal Module 2 (CERT An 2): In the second of two Animal Modules, CERT members will learn how to handle situations involving animals that they may encounter in performing their broader CERT response functions.   
  • April 15, Tuesday: Dominion Power Safety Presentation (POWER): A representative from Dominion Power will teach CERTs how to recognize and avoid dangers from utilities during disasters.
  • May 3, Saturday: Infectious Control / Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP): Same as Feb. 1.
  • May 7, Wednesday: CERT HazMat Awareness (CERT-Haz): Same as Jan. 8.
  • June 2, Monday: NSC First Aid (NSCFA01): CERTs will learn how to respond to breathing emergencies, identifying and caring for bleeding, sudden illness and injuries, and techniques for preventing disease transmission.
  • June 3, Tuesday: NSC First Aid (NSCFA01): Same as above. Only one session is required.
  • June 16, Monday: NSC CPR & AED (NSCCPR01): CERTs will learn how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants; tips on heart disease prevention, scene control, patient assessment, CPR integration, AED application and protocol adherence.
  • June 17: Tuesday: NSC CPR & AED (NSCCPR01): Same as above. Only one session is required.
  • August 2, Saturday: Infectious Control / Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP): Same as Feb. 1. 
  • November 1, Saturday: Infectious Control / Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP): Same as Feb. 1. 
  • November 5, Wednesday: CERT HazMat Awareness (CERT-Haz): Same as Jan. 8.
  • December 10, Wednesday: NSC First Aid (NSCFA01): Same as June 2.
  • December 11, Thursday: NSC First Aid (NSCFA01): Same as above. Only one session is required.
  • December 15, Monday: NSC CPR & AED (NSCCPR01): Same as June 16.
  • December 16: Tuesday: NSC CPR & AED (NSCCPR01): Same as above. Only one session is required.
Many more courses are being added to the calendar -- check the weekly CERT emails for more info, and follow us on Facebook

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