Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tip of the Week: Prepare for hurricane season.

Learn in advance how to shut off the main water valve in case authorities recommend turning off the water for safety reasons.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


It's ReCERTification time!!! Many of our fellow CERT's will be attending actual training in August, and you can still help and get credit for this years certification by attending as an actor/victim. We need some folks on August 4th, 5th 18th and 19th. All classes are at the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Academy, report about 1930 hrs. You know what to wear, but we won't moulage. This is an easy way to recertify, you may even pick up a few new techniques. Email for details.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Metropolitan Washington Council of Government exercise

Fairfax County resident volunteers are needed on Saturday, September 25, 2010, to role play during the set up and activation of a Volunteer Recruitment Center within the central Fairfax County area. The exercise will last between 0900 to 1100. This is a Metropolitan Washington Council of Government exercise to test the effectiveness of processing and assigning spontaneous volunteers to staff some 128 inoculation sites. No prior training is needed. If you are interested, please send you name, and email address to the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee at or ERexercise The event will be at the Fairfax County Govenment Center. The exercise will be coordinated by Volunteer Fairfax in partnership with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the Health Department. Learn how Fairfax County keeps you safe in an emergency!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hurricane Perparedness Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Prepare for hurricane season by crafting an inventory of personal belongings with videotape, photos, or a written list in case you need to file an insurance claim.
I'd like to add: have two copies of which ever form you use and send one away to an out of town family member or trusted friend.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Use SmartPhone to apply for FEMA assistance

Use Smartphone To Apply For FEMA Assistance Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:29:09 -0500
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

National Night Out - Standby for details

Fairfax County Police are again interested in CERT participation in the National Night Out (NNO)Program, Tuesday, August 3rd. As in the past this involves two CERTs per district that will ride-along with the McGruff the Crime Dog entourage (space and vehicles permitting) to visit selected community NNO events (e.g., block party, ice cream social, pool party). CERT is included in NNO as another community asset that can play a roll in emergency preparedness and community activities in conjunction with Neighborhood Watch and other civic and homeowner association functions. This will be a meet-and-greet the local community leadership function, to provide them a brief description of CERT - we will have a handout package for each venue. We have garnered a lot of community interest in CERT from our past participation in NNO.

Dress will be casual (comfortable for you, appropriate for the task); CERT vest and helmet (without mask, goggles). Do not bring your backpack or other gear due to limited space in the police vehicles. You will start and return to the designated Police District station.

The coordination for this years event is slowly developing, since many Police Districts have only one Community Liaison officer. I am awaiting more information regarding which District's will be active for NNO and whether CERT will be invited to participate with them.

If you are interested in this specialized Outreach event, contact me as soon as possible - identify your availablity from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, August 3rd, and which Police District you are interested in supporting.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hurricane Season Preparedness Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Prepare for hurricane season. Conduct a home hazard inspection to minimize the risk of electrical hazards such as covering exposed outlets, removing cords running underneath rugs, etc.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Earthquake tips

With this mornings ground rumbler this would be a good time to refresh some quick survival skills on earthquakes.

During an earthquake if you are:

o Take cover under a desk, table, or bench. If none is available, use an inside
wall or doorway.
o Stay away from windows, outside doors, walls, and anything that could shatter
or fall on you.
o If you’re sleeping, stay in bed and cover your head with a pillow. If your bed
is under a heavy light fixture or you have a large mirror or painting over your
headboard, move to the nearest safe place.
o Stay inside until the shaking stops. Most injuries during an earthquake occur
when people enter or exit a structure.

o Stay there and move away from buildings, streetlights, and overhead utility
Always be aware of leaking gas lines.

VATF-1 Members Train Haitian First Responders

Three members of Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) under the direction of the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) deployed to Cap Haitien, Haiti, to train 25 first responders for local disaster response, July 12, 2010. They anticipate to return Monday, July 19, 2010.

The training will build the skills needed to locate and extricate trapped victims, focusing on the proper use of urban search and rescue equipment donated to the Haitian Volunteer Firefighters Association, following VATF-1's departure from Haiti in February, 2010. The equipment valued at $500,000, was used by several USAR teams in the rescue of 47 Haitians trapped in rubble following the earthquake in Haiti, January 12, 2010.

Training highlights include: safety, engineering, resource management, rescue operations, lifting and moving portions of collapsed structures, shoring operations, and construction and use of rope rescue systems.

Several members from the Los Angeles USAR team are also participating.

Maryland State Exercise for Emergency Preparedness

Any one interested!!

State Exercise for Emergency Preparedness
Volunteer to help with an emergency operations exercise for Hurricane Season
August 11, 2010
½ Day commitment required
(Approximately 5 hours)
Water and snacks will be provided.
Volunteers needed in the Baltimore & Ocean City Regions

For more details please contact:
Angela Bernstein
Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dog Praised for Saving Couple/ Home from Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Fairfax County (web | news) neighbors say a "hero dog" helped save their lives by warning them about a fire.

Charred wood is what remains of Bill and Monique Brooks' back patio in Springfield, but they aren't complaining. They're thankful to have survived.

"There were two propane tanks under here, the house could have really gone up," said Bill Brooks. ABC 7 Talkback:
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Their hero was a cunning canine named Lucy. The four-year-old Central Asian Shepherd's barking next door used to be a nuisance, but in the early morning hours of July 5 it was a lifesaving alarm.

"I told her to shut up and she would not shut up. So I got up and went around the back of the house and there it was - a big fire," said David Hull.

Lucy's owner Dave grabbed this garden hose and went to work knocking down flames for his neighbors. Within minutes Fairfax County firefighters arrived.

Firefighters say Lucy demonstrated valor last weekend and welcomed her to fire station Friday for praise and pictures.

"She did a good thing," said one firefighter.

As for the Brooks, they're not complaining about barking anymore.

"I think she has a big mouth but lucky she has a big mouth," stated Monique Brooks.
"If it hadn't been for the dogs barking - our house would definitely be burned down, quite sure," stated Bill Brooks.

Firefighters say a lot of dogs will try to hide from fire, which makes lucy all the more brave. She's a guardian breed and clearly, she takes that job pretty seriously.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15

National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15

Promote pet fire safety in your community
An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, and a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association shows that nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is joining ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC) for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15 to spread awareness about how to prevent pets from starting home fires and keep pets safe in the event of an emergency.
“Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and removing stove knobs when leaving the house, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.”
Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well. Their curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes, the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene and Lucy was rescued.
“Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible dog ownership,” Peterson said.
Fire departments across the country are encouraged to utilize Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15 to spread pet fire safety messages in your community. The following tips can be used to help educate pet owners on how to prevent their beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep their pets safe.
Prevent your pet from starting fires
Extinguish open flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
Remove stove knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
Pet proof the home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as loose wires and other potential hazards.
Keep your pets safe

Keep pets near entrances when away from home – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
Secure young pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Practice escape routes with pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
Consider using monitored smoke detection services – As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can’t escape when left home alone.
Affix a pet alert window cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
The NVFC has a listing of fire departments across the nation where pet owners can obtain a free pet alert window cling as part of National Pet Fire Safety Day. Visit to find a location near you. The clings are also free online at and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 24. Visit for more information on an event near you.
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at
ADT Security Services, a Tyco International company, is the world’s largest electronic security company. In North America, ADT helps provide peace of mind protection to over six million residential, commercial and government customers. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, ADT employs 24,000 people at over 240 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More information is available at
The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. For more information, visit

Summer weather and heat injuries relating to Firefighters

As CERTs we need to be mindful of this as well when we may have a situation that we are working.

http://Summer weather increases the risk of heat injuries.


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