Thursday, October 17, 2013

Victims Needed, Potluck Dinner, and New CERT Classes

Want to keep your CERT skills fresh and catch up with your fellow CERTs? Here are CERT training classes and events coming up soon. (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).

 First, we'll skip ahead to two important non-training November events:

IMG_1267 CERT Class Graduation Exercise (Victim Actors)
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: Lorton Training Site
Details: We need actors to serve as victims in the graduation exercise for the next batch of upcoming CERTs!

This is a great opportunity for folks to see what a disaster exercise looks like from the victim's point of view, which can help improve your rescuer techniques. Plus, you get to wear gory stage makeup and act dazed and confused. It's a lot of fun, and lunch will be served on site.

CERTs, family members, friends, minors with parental permission, those looking for community service credits, and all others are welcome to participate as victims.

To Register: For details, please send an email to

(Spring 2013 CERT Graduation exercise photo: Joe Loong)

2nd Annual Potluck Dinner (Social)
Date: Sunday, November 10, 4PM-7PM
Location: Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 8
Details: Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to our second annual Potluck Dinner! It's a great way to meet the new class of CERTs, as well as catch up with CERT buddies.

Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Please do not bring alcohol. However, please do bring an appetizer, main dish, or dessert. (Note: You don't have to wrap your dish in duct tape, despite CERT instructor Rich Hall's example in the photo above from the 2012 potluck.)

To Register: RSVP to Please include the number of people attending and what type of dish you'll be bringing.

(2012 Potluck photo: Anita Van der Merwe)

New CERT Classes 76 and 77 (Training)
Date: Tuesday evenings beginning October 29, and running through January 2014
Location: Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Station 8

Details: The next two CERT classes will start on October 29, and will be held on Tuesday nights at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station 8.

Class 76 will run from 4:00-6:30 PM, and Class 77 runs from 7:00-9:30 PM. Classes run eight weeks (extending into January because of holiday breaks), and consist of classroom training with hands-on skill development.

Students will learn about disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations -- skills that let people provide immediate help and support before emergency responders arrive on scene.

People over 18 who live or work in Fairfax County are welcome to take the class, which is completely free.

To Register: Sign up on the CERT website,

(CERT gear photo: Joe Loong)

first aid CPR/AED and First Aid Classes (Training)
- First Aid: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6-11PM
- First Aid: Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-11PM
- CPR/AED: Monday, Dec. 16, 6-11PM
- CPR/AED: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6-11PM

Location: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy
Details: Another round of NSC First Aid and CPR/AED classes for people who have completed CERT training. Classes will be held at the Fire and Rescue Academy; you only need to attend one night.

Please note, at this time, CPR/AED classes are full. Please sign in and check the course listings on for the most current information on class availability.

To Register: Sign up on the CERT website,

(First aid kit photo by Flickr user missmoon)

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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