|CERT students transport a victim actor during the fall 2013 graduation exercise. Photo: Joe Loong.|
CERTThis is the main CERT class we rave about. You'll learn how to save lives with duct tape and Sharpie markers; conduct triage and disaster medical operations; put out small fires; perform search and rescue; prepare for disasters: and much, much more.
Plus, you'll get a backpack of CERT rescue gear that you'll use in training, including during a realistic, full-scale graduation exercise.
Training is free to all adults over 18, of all physical abilities, who live or work in Fairfax County. Basic CERT rescue gear is supplied.
There are two CERT classes starting in January; both classes will meet at the Fire and Rescue Academy in Fairfax -- the same facility Fairfax County firefighters use to train -- from 7-10PM, weekly for seven weeks (from January to March):
- Class 79 is Tuesday evenings, starting on January 21.
- Class 80 is Wednesday evenings, starting on January 22.
Additional Training OpportunitiesThe full 2014 training calendar should be finalized soon. Here are some already-scheduled training opportunities for December and January (please note that the December CPR/AED and First Aid classes on the calendar are full):
Tuesday, December 10: CERT Refresher - Incident Command System (ICS). 7PM-10PM, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. A refresher in the Incident Command System for current CERT members who have already taken CERT training. Register at www.fairfaxcert.com, using the instructions above to find "CRFRSH/ICS" on Dec. 10.[Update, 12/5: The ICS Refresher class has been postponed. Watch for CERT emails when the class is rescheduled.]
- Wednesday, January 8: CERT HAZMAT Awareness. 7PM-11PM, Fairfax Center, Fire Station 40. A general introduction to hazardous materials that can serve as an initial foundation for existing CERT members. Students will learn about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC), and more. Register at www.fairfaxcert.com, using the instructions above to find "CERT-Haz" on Jan. 8.