Friday, January 16, 2015

Just Announced: CERT Winter/Spring 2015 Classes!

Registration is now open for Fairfax County CERT's Winter/Spring 2015 classes. See below for details: All classes are free, and students will receive CERT disaster response gear at no charge. Space is limited... they're filling up fast, so register now, then tell your friends!

CERT students practice fire suppression techniques. Photo: Joe Loong

Registration is OPEN for the following classes:

* [CLASS FULL] CERT 91 will meet in Tysons Corner on four consecutive Saturdays: February 21, 28, March 7, and 14. Classes will meet in the morning (8-10:30AM) and afternoon (11:30AM-2PM) -- students must attend both morning and afternoon sessions. Also, for this class priority will be given to members of the DoD National Language Service Corps; however, like all of these CERT classes, all people 18 or older who live or work in Fairfax County can sign up.

* CERT 92 is being held at the Burke Conservancy in Burke on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7-9:30PM. Class dates are March 4, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 30, and April 1.

* CERT 93 meets at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, Wednesday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 8, 15, 22, and 29.

* CERT 94 also meets at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy; however, class will meet on both Monday and Wednesday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are April 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20.

* CERT 95 is being held at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in Vienna on Thursday nights from 7-10:30PM. Class dates are March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

In CERT training, you'll get classroom and hands-on training in disaster response. 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. Learn more about training with Fairfax County CERT.

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.

To Register for CERT Training:

Signups for CERT training are managed through Fairfax County's volunteer management system. To register for free CERT Training, you'll need to set up a volunteer profile:

1. Here or above, click the title of the class you want: CERT 91, CERT 92, CERT 93, CERT 94, CERT 95
2. On the Opportunity Details page for the class, click "Apply."
3. Click the "New Volunteer Sign Up" button and create a profile by entering your information in the required fields. (If you already have a Fairfax County volunteer account, you can sign in with that.)

You can view an instructional video that walks you through the registration process: How to Register for Fairfax County CERT (skip ahead to the 2:20 mark).

If you have problems trying to register, email Jeffrey Katz at 

Joe Loong, volunteer Social Media Specialist for Fairfax County CERT, is an editorial content and community engagement consultant. You can email him at

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