Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Congratulations to the New CERTs of Class 81, Plus Registration Server Update

Here's an update from CERT Volunteer Instructor Jack Ledgerwood (we didn't want this to get lost in the shuffle around the All-Hands Meeting last week):

Congratulations to the new Fairfax County CERTs from Class 81 who completed their training on April 22, 2014. Class 81 was a mobile course that was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. Their final class was a mini-exercise where they had a chance to use all of their learned CERT skills.

Fairfax County CERT Class 81. Photo: Jack Ledgerwood

If you didn't know: In addition to training at the Fire and Rescue Academy, Fairfax County CERT Volunteer Instructors can come out to train your group at a location convenient to you!

What kind of groups do they train? They include:
  • Faith-based groups
  • Homeowners' and condo associations
  • Civic and professional groups
  • Workplaces
  • Most other community organizations
CERT training is free -- there's no charge for the instructors to come to you. All you have to do is gather a group of students to commit to the training -- typically, eight two-and-a-half-hour sessions on weeknights (weekend training may also be an option) -- and find a location where it can take place (community center, HOA clubhouse, etc.)

If you're interested in learning more about bringing CERT Volunteer Instructors to your community to train your group, please email training@fairfaxcountycert.org and tell us about your group.

Congratulations to Class 81! Photo: Jack Ledgerwood

Congratulations to the new CERTs of Fairfax County CERT Class 81!

Additional Training Opportunities

* A new CERT Class at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy begins Monday, May 5th. The class meets Mondays, from 7:00 PM-10:30 PM, through June 23 (and excluding Memorial Day, May 26).

Please note: After the spring class, there probably won't be another CERT class at the Fire and Rescue Academy until the fall, so now's your chance.

* A mobile CERT class starts Wednesday, May 21st, at the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. Class meets Wednesdays from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, through July 9th (no class on June 25).

Please note that the old Fairfax County CERT registration server (currently located at http://www.fairfaxcert.com) is going offline tonight (April 29) so that roster and class information can be migrated over to the new server.

Starting tomorrow morning (April 30), please register for CERT classes at the new server, located at http://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov. (Eventually, the old fairfaxcert.com address will be redirected to point to the new one. Please see Jeffrey Katz's emails on the migration for more information.)

In the coming days and weeks, we will have more detailed instructions on how CERTs should use the county-wide volunteer management system. In the meantime, please follow the registration instructions you should have gotten from the new system, and if you have problems, please email Jeffrey Katz at fire.cert@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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