Sunday, June 19, 2011

Victim Oppurtunity in Fairfax June 24, June 27th and June 30th.

This opportunity is open to all Fairfax County CERT basic and CERT 2 class graduates.

The City of Fairfax Fire and Police Departments will be conducting training exercises for their joint Rescue Task Force (RTF) on June 24, 27, and 30. The RTF is comprised of police and fire/EMS personnel who provide immediate medical aid to those injured in a shooting. This program was developed in response to previous active shooter events like Columbine, Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech. In those incidents many victims may have survived had they received life saving care sooner. The RTF program allows potential life saving care to be administered before the area is safe. RTF members can enter a building, render aid, remove victims while other law enforcement work to neutralize the shooter.

This is a truly heroic group of individuals that deserve all of the support we can offer. You can help by volunteering to role play at several upcoming training events. 20 volunteers are needed on each of the following days from 8am until 1pm: Friday, June 24th; Monday, June 27th; and Thursday, June 30th. The trainings will take place at a location central to the City of Fairfax and lunch will be provided. Those interested in participating must be comfortable in a stressful environment, as police and fire personnel will be wearing ballistic protection, carrying fake firearms, and treating volunteers as victims during the exercise.

To sign up, please email your availability to Matt Lyttle, Emergency Response Program Manager at Volunteer Fairfax, at Matt will pass along additional information and answer questions as needed.

This is a chance for the community to help those that keep us safe every day. Let’s show our support!