Friday, September 13, 2013

September-October CERT Training Opportunities

Want to keep your CERT skills fresh and learn new ones? Here are Fairfax County CERT training classes and events coming up in September and October. (Remember, you can always see the calendar view of upcoming events on the CERT website, And to register for events and classes on the CERT website, see the instructions at the bottom of the page):

Biohazard! Infectious Control / Blood Borne Pathogens (Training)
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 7:30PM-10PM
Location: Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 8
Details: This annual refresher training covers the types of infectious diseases, presentation of symptoms, likelihood and method of transmission, and other general hazards and risks associated with bodily fluids. The 9/15, 9/16, and 9/23 classes are full; space is still available for the September 17 class.
To Register: Sign up on the CERT website,

(Photo: Flickr user nickelmedia)

CERTs get a safety briefing before last year's Capital Shield. (Photo: Flickr user joelogon)
Capital Shield (Exercise)
Date: Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2
Location: Fort Belvior area
Details: Fairfax County CERT has been once again invited to participate in the annual Capital Shield exercise hosted by the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. CERTs will work alongside first responders from civilian and military agencies from around the area, and will be integrated into operations with multiple jurisdictions in a simulated disaster event. Our role this year includes moulage, search and rescue, and victim actor extrication. You can participate one or both days!
Note: This event is limited to individuals who have completed CERT training.
If you have questions, please contact the event planner at
To Register: Sign up on the CERT website, and sign up for October 1 and/or October 2

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest (Outreach)
Date: Saturday, October 5, 10AM-7PM and Sunday, October 6, 10AM-5PM.
Location: Fairfax County Government Center (See event website.)
Details: Staff the CERT outreach table and promote CERT and preparedness to children and their families. Staffing schedules will be determined by the number of CERTs who sign up.
To Register: Sign up on the CERT website,

IMG_1737 Deafness and Hearing Loss: The Communication Challenges for Emergency Responders (Training)
Date: Thursday, October 10, 7-9PM
Location: Fairfax County Government Center
Details: Bonnie O'Leary, Director of Community Outreach Programs, Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, gave a very popular presentation at this year's CERT Con on what CERTs need to know when working with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. By popular demand, we're offering a more in-depth followup for CERTs.
To Register: Sign up on the CERT website,

(Bonnie O'Leary photo from CERT Con 2013 by Flickr user joelogon)

IMG_4435 Fairfax County Fire Station Open Houses (Outreach)
Date: Saturday, October 12, 10AM-4PM
Bailey's Crossroads, Fire Station 10
Burke, Fire Station 14
Centreville, Fire Station 17
Dunn Loring, Fire Station 13
Fair Oaks, Fire Station 21
Greater Springfield, Fire Station 22
Vienna, Fire Station 02
West Springfield, Fire Station 27
Help educate the public and our first responders about the important role that CERT plays in the community. This is primarily CERT outreach, though some stations may use CERT as a resource to help manage their open house (in which case, they feed us).
Note: Open to CERTs who have completed training.
To Register: If you'd like to participate, or don't see your local station listed, please email Judy Howell at

(Photo from 2010 McLean open house by Flickr user joelogon)

To Register for CERT Training Classes and Events:

Visit 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 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

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