Thursday, September 26, 2013

You Don't Have to Be a Victim (But It'd Be Cool If You Were)

Moulaged victim actor smiles at the CERT Con 2013 full-scale exercise. Photo: Joe Loong

Victim Coordinator Missy sends in her most recent email to CERTs:

Our CERT classes at the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Academy and Station 22 (Springfield Fire Station) are in full swing. We’re looking for Victim Actors on the following dates: 

September 30
October 2
October 7
October 9
October 16
October 21
October 23
October 28
October 30

You may be covered in theatrical make-up (moulage); could be lying in a burn building; or even looking for your imaginary friend. These scenarios allow our students to gain insight and learn to treat multiple victims in a short period of time. 

For more information or to register, email Missy at If this is your first time volunteering with us, no worries! We’ll explain the process and scenarios. You’ll do a lot of screaming and yelling and have a great deal of fun in the process. :)

(And as CERT Jack Ledgerwood reminds us in a comment on our Facebook page, save the date for November 2, when we'll need lots of victim actors for the big graduation exercise, where our current CERT trainees will have to put all of their new skills to the test in a highly realistic training environment. Stay tuned for details!)

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