|CERT students practice fire suppression techniques. Photo: Joe Loong|
Registration is OPEN for the following classes:* [CLASS FULL] CERT 91 will meet in Tysons Corner on four consecutive Saturdays: February 21, 28, March 7, and 14. Classes will meet in the morning (8-10:30AM) and afternoon (11:30AM-2PM) -- students must attend both morning and afternoon sessions. Also, for this class priority will be given to members of the DoD National Language Service Corps; however, like all of these CERT classes, all people 18 or older who live or work in Fairfax County can sign up.
* CERT 92 is being held at the Burke Conservancy in Burke on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7-9:30PM. Class dates are March 4, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 30, and April 1.
* CERT 93 meets at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, Wednesday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 8, 15, 22, and 29.
* CERT 94 also meets at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy; however, class will meet on both Monday and Wednesday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are April 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20.
* CERT 95 is being held at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in Vienna on Thursday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
In CERT training, you'll get classroom and hands-on training in disaster response. 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. Learn more about training with Fairfax County CERT.
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.
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