Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Register now for 2014 CERT Classes!

If you've been eagerly awaiting the chance to take Community Emergency Response Team training, this is the news you've been waiting for! Registration is now open for Fairfax County CERT's Winter/Spring 2014 classes -- they're filling up fast, so register now (then, tell your friends):

CERT students transport a victim actor during the fall 2013 graduation exercise. Photo: Joe Loong.


This is the main CERT class we rave about. You'll learn how to save lives with duct tape and Sharpie markers; conduct triage and disaster medical operations; put out small fires; perform search and rescue; prepare for disasters: and much, much more.

Plus, you'll get a backpack of CERT rescue gear that you'll use in training, including during a realistic, full-scale graduation exercise.

Training is free to all adults over 18, of all physical abilities, who live or work in Fairfax County. Basic CERT rescue gear is supplied.

There are two CERT classes starting in January; both classes will meet at the Fire and Rescue Academy in Fairfax -- the same facility Fairfax County firefighters use to train -- from 7-10PM, weekly for seven weeks (from January to March):
  • Class 79 is Tuesday evenings, starting on January 21.
  • Class 80 is Wednesday evenings, starting on January 22.
CERT classes are taught by experts from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and combine classroom instruction with hands-on training. 

To Register for CERT Training:

Visit www.fairfaxcert.com and log in. If you don't have a training account, you'll need to register. After you've logged in:
  1. Click the "Training" tab in the navigation bar
  2. Select "Training Calendar"
  3. Click the right arrow (>>) to show the month you want
  4. Click on the name of the class you want on the date it's offered
Important Technical Note: The FairfaxCERT.com 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 fire.cert@fairfaxcounty.gov

Additional Training Opportunities

The full 2014 training calendar should be finalized soon. Here are some already-scheduled training opportunities for December and January (please note that the December CPR/AED and First Aid classes on the calendar are full):
  • Tuesday, December 10: CERT Refresher - Incident Command System (ICS). 7PM-10PM, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. A refresher in the Incident Command System for current CERT members who have already taken CERT training. Register at www.fairfaxcert.com, using the instructions above to find "CRFRSH/ICS" on Dec. 10. [Update, 12/5: The ICS Refresher class has been postponed. Watch for CERT emails when the class is rescheduled.]
  • Wednesday, January 8: CERT HAZMAT Awareness. 7PM-11PM, Fairfax Center, Fire Station 40. A general introduction to hazardous materials that can serve as an initial foundation for existing CERT members. Students will learn about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC), and more. Register at www.fairfaxcert.com, using the instructions above to find "CERT-Haz" on Jan. 8.
Plus, stay tuned for the February courses (some of which have already been announced in the weekly CERT emails), including moulage (wound makeup), a tour of the Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and much, much more!

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