Thursday, October 24, 2013

CERTs in November: Go to Jail, Go Underground, Go Girl!

Update, Oct. 25: Adding another CERT event, the Fairfax City Firefighter 5k Race on Sunday, Nov. 3, where we need 25+ CERTs to serve as Course Marshals.

Quick update on a few events in November:

Steve (left) briefs observers during the CERT Con 2013 full-scale exercise.
CERT Graduation Exercise (Event)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 8AM - 3PM
Location:
Lorton Training Site

Details: Lead CERT Instructor Steve Willey needs CERT members who have completed the CERT course at the Fire Academy to help out with the final exercise for the current bunch of CERT students. If you're not planning on being a victim during the exercise and would like to help out, please send him an e-mail ASAP.

To Register: Email Steve.



James in action during CERT Con
Fairfax City Firefighter 5K Race (Event)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 7:00 - 9:30 A
Location: Fairfax City Fire House #403 (4081 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia) and GMU Fairfax Campus

Details: We need at least 25 CERTs to provide Course Marshall support for the City of Fairfax Fire Benevolent Fund 5k Run/Walk. It's a great opportunity for freshly-minted CERTs to see how we use the Incident Command System to manage activities during a planned event.

CERTs will staff fixed posts and two bicycle-mounted Mobile Course Marshall (MCM) teams, and will be responsible for traffic management at key intersections and facilities. CERTs will learn and use traffic and crowd management skills, and may also use handheld walkie-talkies and FRS radios. For more details, please email James Sobecke.
 
To Register: Go to the CERT website (www.fairfaxcert.com) and sign up for event "FXC 11-13" in the course listings, or look on the calendar view for Nov. 3.


Subway evacuation graphic from
the Metro Emergency Guide [PDF]
Metro Citizen Corps Training
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 14, 6PM - 9PM (must attend both classes)
Location: Metro Headquarters (600 5th St. NW, Washington, DC)

Details: Once a month, DC's Metro Transit Police and Metro Citizen Corps work with a local jurisdiction's CERT group, training them "how to react to emergencies ranging from rail safety to identification of terrorist activity. The members are taught how to help themselves and their fellow passengers while they wait for firefighters and police to arrive."
 
For November, they're working with Fairfax County CERT, so let's represent! Class is limited to 20, and to be eligible, you must be:

* an active Fairfax County CERT member
* a regular Metro rider
* a US citizen, 18 years of age or older
* able to pass a background check

In return, you'll learn a lot about how Metro operates, and how to help yourself and fellow passengers in case of emergencies on the Metro system as you wait for first responders to arrive.

To Register: See more details and sign up on the CERT website, www.fairfaxcert.com


Outstanding Performance Award for Dana Powers
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 10AM
Location:
Fairfax County Government Center (Central Forum)

Details: Fairfax County CERT's very own Dana Powers will be receiving an Outstanding Performance Award for her work in the Office of the Volunteer Liaison of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Great job, Dana!

You've seen Dana at any number of CERT training classes, events, and graduation exercises. She's a firm believer in CERT and is a great advocate for the program within the county.

Please join us at 10am on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Fairfax Government Center's Central Forum to congratulate her on her great work with the Volunteer Fire and EMS recruitment process, for helping make CERT Con such a great success, and for everything else she does to help Fairfax County and CERT.


(We also posted this event to our Facebook page. Have you liked our Facebook page? Clicking the Like button helps you get updates on events and helps us get the word out. Please visit the Fairfax County CERT Page on Facebook and "like" us.)



To Register for CERT Training Classes and Events:

Visit www.fairfaxcert.com and log in. If you don't have an account, you'll need to register for one. After you've logged in:
  1. Click the "Training" tab in the navigation bar
  2. Select "Training Calendar"
  3. You'll see the current month's classes and events. Find the one you want, or click the right arrow (>>) to see events and classes in the next month.
  4. Click on the listing you want. (If you see a listing but can't click on it, enrollment is closed -- the class is probably full.)
  5. You'll see details about the class. To enroll in a class, click the blue "Enroll" button. After you successfully enroll, you'll receive an email confirmation.
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
 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weekend Wounds: Making Brains With Rice Krispies

Moulage (moo-lahj) is a French term for the art of applying simulated injuries to victim actors. Moulage adds realism to training exercises, helping CERTs prepare psychologically for the sights they'll see when responding to a disaster scene.

CERTs also help other organizations by moulaging victim actors during their exercises. An example of this was when CERTs from Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD moulaged victim actors for the Capital Shield exercise in October.

Here, CERT volunteer instructor and moulage queen Susy Ledgerwood shares her technique for creating realistic exposed brain head wounds for your next exercise. (More importantly, you can use it to add extra flair to your zombie makeup for Halloween):

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Susy applies moulage to a victim actor before the 2014 Capital Shield exercise.
Ingredients:
* White bone wax makeup
* Flesh-tone modeling wax
* Rice Krispies (or the any equivalent puffed rice breakfast cereal)
* Grey wound makeup
* Thick fake blood paste and stage blood

Susy says, "I used loose Rice Krispies. I keep sandwich bags of them in my moulage kit – they can also be put in a pants pocket to simulate "crepitus" associated with a broken hip/pelvis. (When doing a head-to-toe assessment, you’d feel the instability and hear the crunching noise of the broken hip bones.)"

Directions:
1. Create the exposed fractured skull using white bone wax -- lay two small snakes of wax side by side with a slight opening in the center between them; flatten and blend the outer edges into the forehead/scalp, leaving the center open.

2. Add a thin layer of flesh-tone modeling wax on top of the outer edges of the white wax and blend the outer edges into the forehead/scalp to simulate the skin covering the skull.

3. Combine a few Rice Krispies, a little of the flesh-tone modeling wax, and a little bit of grey makeup color so that the rice krispies stick together and are covered in a greyish film of wax.

4. Insert the Rice Krispie “brains” into the opening of the exposed fractured skull. If possible, push some of it under the white wax so it appears the “brain matter” is under the skull, not on top of it.

5. Apply “thick blood” or “blood paste” around edges of wound and add stage blood dripping from the wound.

Here's what the finished product looks like:

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Closeup of the finished head wound. (The yellow tint is from the overhead lights.)


Pretty neat, right? It's not squishy like brains... but then, why are you poking your fingers into exposed brain tissue?

If you're interested in learning how to do moulage, Fairfax County CERT frequently offers classes. Keep an eye out for announcements or check the training calendar at FairfaxCERT.com for upcoming classes.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Victims Needed, Potluck Dinner, and New CERT Classes

Want to keep your CERT skills fresh and catch up with your fellow CERTs? Here are CERT training classes and events coming up soon. (Remember, you can always see the calendar view of upcoming events on the CERT website, www.fairfaxcert.com. And to register for events and classes on the CERT website, see the instructions at the bottom of the page).

 First, we'll skip ahead to two important non-training November events:

IMG_1267 CERT Class Graduation Exercise (Victim Actors)
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: Lorton Training Site
Details: We need actors to serve as victims in the graduation exercise for the next batch of upcoming CERTs!

This is a great opportunity for folks to see what a disaster exercise looks like from the victim's point of view, which can help improve your rescuer techniques. Plus, you get to wear gory stage makeup and act dazed and confused. It's a lot of fun, and lunch will be served on site.

CERTs, family members, friends, minors with parental permission, those looking for community service credits, and all others are welcome to participate as victims.

To Register: For details, please send an email to actors@fairfaxcountycert.org

(Spring 2013 CERT Graduation exercise photo: Joe Loong)


2nd Annual Potluck Dinner (Social)
Date: Sunday, November 10, 4PM-7PM
Location: Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 8
Details: Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to our second annual Potluck Dinner! It's a great way to meet the new class of CERTs, as well as catch up with CERT buddies.

Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Please do not bring alcohol. However, please do bring an appetizer, main dish, or dessert. (Note: You don't have to wrap your dish in duct tape, despite CERT instructor Rich Hall's example in the photo above from the 2012 potluck.)

To Register: RSVP to FXcertpotluck@gmail.com. Please include the number of people attending and what type of dish you'll be bringing.

(2012 Potluck photo: Anita Van der Merwe)


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New CERT Classes 76 and 77 (Training)
Date: Tuesday evenings beginning October 29, and running through January 2014
Location: Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 8

Details: The next two CERT classes will start on October 29, and will be held on Tuesday nights at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station 8.

Class 76 will run from 4:00-6:30 PM, and Class 77 runs from 7:00-9:30 PM. Classes run eight weeks (extending into January because of holiday breaks), and consist of classroom training with hands-on skill development.

Students will learn about disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations -- skills that let people provide immediate help and support before emergency responders arrive on scene.

People over 18 who live or work in Fairfax County are welcome to take the class, which is completely free.

To Register: Sign up on the CERT website, www.fairfaxcert.com

(CERT gear photo: Joe Loong)


first aid CPR/AED and First Aid Classes (Training)
Dates: 
- First Aid: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-11PM
- First Aid: Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-11PM
- CPR/AED: Monday, Dec. 16, 6-11PM
- CPR/AED: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6-11PM

Location: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
Details: Another round of NSC First Aid and CPR/AED classes for people who have completed CERT training. Classes will be held at the Fire and Rescue Academy; you only need to attend one night.

Please note, at this time, CPR/AED classes are full. Please sign in and check the course listings on fairfaxcert.com for the most current information on class availability.

To Register: Sign up on the CERT website, www.fairfaxcert.com

(First aid kit photo by Flickr user missmoon)

To Register for CERT Training Classes and Events:

Visit www.fairfaxcert.com and log in. If you don't have an account, you'll need to register for one. After you've logged in:
  1. Click the "Training" tab in the navigation bar
  2. Select "Training Calendar"
  3. You'll see the current month's classes and events. Find the one you want, or click the right arrow (>>) to see events and classes in the next month.
  4. Click on the listing you want. (If you see a listing but can't click on it, enrollment is closed -- the class is probably full.)
  5. You'll see details about the class. To enroll in a class, click the blue "Enroll" button. After you successfully enroll, you'll receive an email confirmation.
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