UPCOMING CLASSES

WAS5  WIDE AREA SEARCH for CERT - November 13, 14, 15, 2017 - from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. When disaster strikes it can be a challenge to effectively mobilize, organize, and deploy needed resources. The TEEX /NERRTC Wide Area Search course is an excellent training opportunity for nearly any jurisdiction or agency that may face such an emergency. The discipline applies to a vast number of critical situations including natural disasters or terrorist incidents. Participants are instructed in practical search methods and skills so they can perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The training includes challenging exercises that mirror real life scenarios. The three-day long event concludes with an in-depth exercise that requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course. The trainers delivering the course are knowledgeable, experienced emergency responders who have actively utilized wide area search techniques during some of the Nation's largest and most challenging operations, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav and Rita, the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery operation, and many other incidents that required these same comprehensive strategies. The class is funded by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) and is provided on-site for eligible jurisdictions throughout the United States. You must attend all three sessions of the WAS.    Click Here to Register

CERT Monthly Program Meeting - All are welcome  at the Fairfax County Government Center, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.   June 20th

LEC49 Pet First Aid and CPR - July 5, 2017 7:00 - 10:30

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Topics include: Pet Emergency Preparedness Safe Animal Handling PPE and Disease Prevention Recognizing an Animal Emergency Animal Vital Signs Pet CPR (includes the use of BVM and 3 person pet CPR) Pet First Aid (common traumatic injuries and recognizing common illnesses).

Herndon Festival Shifts - June 1 to June 4th

Fairfax County CERT will provide assistance to Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department for crowd management for First Aid run teams and lost child tracking. The fair runs Thursday June 1 6pm-10pm, Friday June 2 5pm-11pm, Saturday June 3 10am-11pm, Sunday June 4 11am-6pm.  Fireworks are Thursday and Saturday at 9:30pm.  Volunteers are needed each day for the various shifts below. There are only a certain number of slots per shift, so sign up early, as shifts will be filled on a first-come basis.  You are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts and multiple days

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CERT Graduate Orientation - What's Next
Having completed the CERT Basic Class, Learn More About How to Participate in Your Fairfax County CERT.  Are you a relatively new CERT graduate? A CERT alumni who seeks to become more involved? A CERT transferring in from a different jurisdiction?   Then join us for a one-hour orientation at the Fairfax County Government Center at 6 PM on the third Tuesday of every month. During this CERT Graduate Orientation you will gain an overview of CERTs many activities as well as opportunities for you to participate and enhance your CERT skills and involvement.  This class meets in the lobby of the Fairfax County Government Center.

SAR7 Search and Rescue in a Community Disasters - November 10, 6:00 - 10:00 PM, November 11, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The Search and Rescue in Community Disasters course is designed to provide training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster or man-made incident. 
This course will draw information from a variety of disaster incidents (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, man-made events) as examples for discussion. Hands-on training will be used demonstrate best practices for safe and effective search and light rescue in both commercial and residential environments.     Click Here to Register

LEC51   Autism Recognition & Suggested Responses for Professional First Responders Autism Awareness - June 21, 2017, 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

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AUTISM! Why did that kid just run back into a burning building? Why does he scream when I touch him anywhere on his body? Why does she flap her arms and twirl in circles? How can I communicate with him when he does not talk? Why shouldn't we give her a cookie? Why did he snap his head back and break my nose when I grabbed him from behind? Why did he have a seizure when I only checked for equal and reactive pupils? Learn how to survive and not further injure your next encounter with a person with autism spectrum disorder.   

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

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Basic Disaster Map and Compass Techniques for CERT (May 31st class is full, second class added)

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June 7, 2017, 7:00 - 10:00 pm - Map and Compass - Basic Disaster Map and Compass Techniques - In a disaster, the GPS systems we have come to rely on may not function; and old fashion map and compass skills could be required to navigate from point to point and "stay found". This course will cover the basics of map reading, map orientation, plotting and following a course, briefly explain the mysteries of magnetic declination, and end with a practical exercise to see if you can apply basic map reading skills. For those interested, a field trip to the woods could be arranged, to really build your skills. You must bring a compass to class.

CAP12     Community Assessment Program class for CERT - May 31, 2017, 7:00 - 9:30 pm.     Click here to register

CAP13     Community Assessment Program class for CERT - June 12, 2017, 7:00 - 9:30 pm.    Click here to register
Attendees will learn how to leverage their smartphone to collect and submit Community Assessment data through the Fairfax Alerts system.  In this class the CERT Community Assessment program will be reviewed, followed by a demonstration and hands on training with the Fairfax Alerts system and your smartphone for capturing images, locations and descriptions of findings that are then shared electronically with the Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center.
You must have completed the basic CERT class to take part in this program.
 *A smartphone and Fairfax Alerts account are required

REVIVE Classes -Opioid overdose Training

Click here to register for June 8, 2017. 7:00 - 10:00 pm.
Click here to register for June 15, 2017. 7:00 - 10:00 pm .
REVIVE! is the Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Education (OONE) program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. REVIVE! provides training to professionals, stakeholders, and others on how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®).  REVIVE! is a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) working alongside the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Health Professions, recovery community organizations such as the McShin Foundation, OneCare of Southwest Virginia, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia (SAARA), and other stakeholders.

•Lay Rescuer trainings are between 1-1.5 hours long.  This training covers understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone. 

Due to the nature of the program, walk ins will not be allowed, and if you sign up and do not attend, you will be restricted from signing up for further CERT classes for 6 months.   The class size is limited to 20 students.

Master Exercise for both New and Seasoned CERTs, and even those who are waiting to be trained.– June 10, 2017

This Master Exercise will give our newly trained CERTs an opportunity to demonstrate skills and work together with our seasoned CERTs. From moulage to triage, you’ll experience it all. This is a unique opportunity to practice your skills in a realistic full scale exercise. We're excited to offer this training at Virginia Task Force 1's training facility at the former Lorton Juvenile Detention Center.

Participants have the option to register as a responder, victim-actor, evaluator or controller. The exercise is conducted in a no-fault learning environment where capabilities and processes are continuously evaluated. The scenario(s) are realistic and event simulation provides sufficient detail to allow players to react to information and situations as they are presented, as if the simulated incident were real. The exercise will be held rain or shine.
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