Thursday, October 24, 2013

CERTs in November: Go to Jail, Go Underground, Go Girl!

Update, Oct. 25: Adding another CERT event, the Fairfax City Firefighter 5k Race on Sunday, Nov. 3, where we need 25+ CERTs to serve as Course Marshals.

Quick update on a few events in November:

Steve (left) briefs observers during the CERT Con 2013 full-scale exercise.
CERT Graduation Exercise (Event)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 2, 8AM - 3PM
Lorton Training Site

Details: Lead CERT Instructor Steve Willey needs CERT members who have completed the CERT course at the Fire Academy to help out with the final exercise for the current bunch of CERT students. If you're not planning on being a victim during the exercise and would like to help out, please send him an e-mail ASAP.

To Register: Email Steve.

James in action during CERT Con
Fairfax City Firefighter 5K Race (Event)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 7:00 - 9:30 A
Location: Fairfax City Fire House #403 (4081 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia) and GMU Fairfax Campus

Details: We need at least 25 CERTs to provide Course Marshall support for the City of Fairfax Fire Benevolent Fund 5k Run/Walk. It's a great opportunity for freshly-minted CERTs to see how we use the Incident Command System to manage activities during a planned event.

CERTs will staff fixed posts and two bicycle-mounted Mobile Course Marshall (MCM) teams, and will be responsible for traffic management at key intersections and facilities. CERTs will learn and use traffic and crowd management skills, and may also use handheld walkie-talkies and FRS radios. For more details, please email James Sobecke.
To Register: Go to the CERT website ( and sign up for event "FXC 11-13" in the course listings, or look on the calendar view for Nov. 3.

Subway evacuation graphic from
the Metro Emergency Guide [PDF]
Metro Citizen Corps Training
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 14, 6PM - 9PM (must attend both classes)
Location: Metro Headquarters (600 5th St. NW, Washington, DC)

Details: Once a month, DC's Metro Transit Police and Metro Citizen Corps work with a local jurisdiction's CERT group, training them "how to react to emergencies ranging from rail safety to identification of terrorist activity. The members are taught how to help themselves and their fellow passengers while they wait for firefighters and police to arrive."
For November, they're working with Fairfax County CERT, so let's represent! Class is limited to 20, and to be eligible, you must be:

* an active Fairfax County CERT member
* a regular Metro rider
* a US citizen, 18 years of age or older
* able to pass a background check

In return, you'll learn a lot about how Metro operates, and how to help yourself and fellow passengers in case of emergencies on the Metro system as you wait for first responders to arrive.

To Register: See more details and sign up on the CERT website,

Outstanding Performance Award for Dana Powers
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 10AM
Fairfax County Government Center (Central Forum)

Details: Fairfax County CERT's very own Dana Powers will be receiving an Outstanding Performance Award for her work in the Office of the Volunteer Liaison of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Great job, Dana!

You've seen Dana at any number of CERT training classes, events, and graduation exercises. She's a firm believer in CERT and is a great advocate for the program within the county.

Please join us at 10am on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Fairfax Government Center's Central Forum to congratulate her on her great work with the Volunteer Fire and EMS recruitment process, for helping make CERT Con such a great success, and for everything else she does to help Fairfax County and CERT.

(We also posted this event to our Facebook page. Have you liked our Facebook page? Clicking the Like button helps you get updates on events and helps us get the word out. Please visit the Fairfax County CERT Page on Facebook and "like" us.)

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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