Please see the opportunities listed below, to help at Drills as victim/actors

November 5, 2017     WMATA 2017 Quarterly Exercise Series | Full-scale Exercise: Van Dorn

On November 5, WMATA will conduct a full-scale exercise to provide regional emergency responders and WMATA personnel with the opportunity to practice responding to the emergency. WMATA invites members of the community to join in the excitement as volunteer passengers. Volunteers will act out the role of a Metro rider who is on the train at the time of the emergency and will be able to see first-hand how regional emergency responders handle the situation.

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For additional information on either of the two USAR events below or to sign up, please contact Melissa Serich at Melissa.Serich@fairfaxcounty.gov or call at 703-803-2106 .

October 23 - 25, 2017    Canadian Search and Rescue Full Team Exercise (Lorton Training Facility)

We are in need of 10 volunteers per day, per shift (12 hours). Volunteers would assist in any needed function throughout the exercise, but mostly in playing disaster victims. Some will have to be placed in confined spaces. Some shifts will be late into the night.

April 22 - 27, 2018   - 25, 2017   Fairfax County USAR Full Scale Exercise (Lorton Training Facility)

We will be hosting a full scale exercise in conjunction with our sister team from Los Angeles , and will be in need of about 10 volunteers per operational shift for this exercise as well. Details will be forthcoming on this, but It will be a large undertaking and I wanted to put it on your radar now.

For additional information on either of the two USAR events or to sign up, please contact Melissa Serich at Melissa.Serich@fairfaxcounty.gov or call at

The next Basic CERT classes are listed below:

Upcoming Basic CERT classes to tell your Family, friends and neighbors about.  Word of mouth is still the best recruitment tool.  The more trained individuals in a community, the more resilient that community can be in times of a disaster or event.

CERT 132 at the Fire and Rescue Academy - Nov 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29 , Dec 4, 6, 2017, 7:00 - 10:30 pm.
Click Here to sign up for CERT Class 132

The following classes are for those who have completed the basic CERT class

If you are interested in getting on the mailing list to find out about upcoming classes and programs, please register HERE.


CERT RADIO WORKSHOP     October 22, 2017 - The next scheduled workshop will be held at the  Burke VFD Station 14, 9100 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA Time 1300- 1600 (1:00pm - 4:00pm) Agenda:  1.  Emergency Net operations and procedures;                 2.  Determining you Communications Resource Function (CRF)                     (this will be a "show-and-tell" opportunity - - - validate your readiness and response capability)    ** if you cannot attend Workshop #9 I would encourage you to monitor the '79 repeater' from 2:00- 2:15pm and again from  3:30- 3:45pm.          

CERT Traffic and Crowd Management Class

November 13, 7:00 - 9:30 ppm.    Traffic and Crowd Management class for CERTs who have completed basic CERT Training.  Lecture and demonstrations in a classroom setting, followed by outdoor drills and a  practical exercise. CERT members will learn techniques and strategies for dealing with traffic and crowd management in various emergency and planned situations.  Students learn to apply the use of hand signals and traffic control devices, effective communications, and best practices in various simulated situations. CERT limitations, expectations and safety are stressed along with maintaining situational awareness.

Class is 2.5 hours and is being offered on Fort Belvoir at the Motorcycle Safety Center (directions will be provided to those who register)

This class is open to all CERT graduates.  Arrangements can be made for access to Fort Belvoir for CERTs who do not already have an authorized ID card.  Access information will be provided to CERTs who register for the class.

Class session will begin promptly at 1900 hours; allow ample time for access processing at the Tulley security gate (use Visitors lane if you do not have valid DoD ID). 
Instructor: James Sobecke

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Lorton  Master Exercise - 11/04/17 - Registration will be on Eventbright and to register click on this Link