We have set the schedule for the additional classes in March and April as seen below.  To register for any of these classes, please click on the following link: CLICK TO REGISTER

LEC62 Stop the Bleed Training

March 31, 2018 - 9:00 am - noon       A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. While emergency responders will arrive as quickly as possible, bystanders are almost always there first. In the case of disaster and high-casualty incidents, emergency services are often spread thin. This is where Stop The Bleed! comes in to play. This FREE training program will teach you to stop severe bleeding and Save a Life!  WILL YOU BE READY? STOP THE BLEED is a FREE training program created by the US Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with FEMA and various other agencies, to train bystanders in life-saving techniques. With the rise of mass shootings and active shooter situations in schools, churches, public meeting places, and even office buildings, it is vital that more and more individuals are trained in the basics of life-saving techniques, such as how to properly use a tourniquet, use a hemostatic agent such as QuikClot, or even apply a chest seal. Everything that can be done to save a person's life is done in the First Five Minutes! What would you do if you were faced with the unimaginable? GET TRAINED!

LEC63 - What is in your CERT pack 

April 10 2018 - 7:00 - 10:00 pm          What’s in your CERT pack? Is it overflowing? Too heavy to carry? Not sure what to put in it?  Join us for an interactive class to understand the importance of having the proper tools to do the job, learn general contents of a 24 hour Ready Pack and the importance of body protection equipment. We’ll also cover the proper clothing used in various environmental conditions and the contents of a 1st Aid Kit.       

LEC65 - Advanced ICS for CERT       

April 16, 2018, 7:00 - 10:00 pm          Advanced ICS - CERT refresher and drill dealing with ICS. This class will depart

from the basic CERT ICS structure and introduce students into the preparation of NIMS ICS organization chart and Incident Action Plan (IAP).         

Fairfax County USAR Full Scale Exercise     

April 22 - 27, 2018 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 CERT 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 or to sign up, please contact Melissa Serich at Melissa.Serich@fairfaxcounty.gov or call at 703-803-2106

LEC64 First Aid in Hostile Environments    

April 24, 2018 - 7:00 - 10:00 pm, doing the most good for the most people during active shooter or Boston Marathon bombing type of incidents requires different techniques and mindset than normal first aid or even CERT disaster techniques. This class will focus on the skills and procedures that are required in these unique situations. It will cover the use of commercial and improvised tourniquets when required for multiple patients in a hostile environment and the use of occlusive dressings for chest and neck injuries. Also covered will be a variety of techniques to improve your ability to stabilize common bone and joint injuries. This section will start where we left off in Med II and concentrate on what is required to immobilize injuries during splinting and then to apply a splint that will both improve patient comfort and minimizes further injuries.            


June 25 - 26, 2018     0800 to 1700   Class location - Public Safety Headquarters. The 2010 report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters identified a training gap for emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel that reduced their effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs/considerations. This course addresses pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, small group exercises, and a table-top exercise. Topics • Introduction to Pediatric Response • Emergency Management (EM) Considerations • Implications for Planning and Response • Functional Access Needs Considerations • Mass Sheltering • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources • Pediatric Reunification Considerations • Pediatric Decontamination Considerations. Hosted by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue CERT.     

Lorton Spring Master Exercise        

July 21, 2018 - 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. Registration will open up in April.
To register for any of these classes, please click on the following link:CLICK TO REGISTER

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

The importance of preparing ourselves for disasters is universal. Emergencies can happen anywhere - at home, at work, or at school - and everyone must take action to prepare for emergencies in case something unexpected happens.
What we've learned from experience is that everyone must be prepared to be their own "emergency manager." When disaster strikes, you may have to be able to survive on your own for 72 hours or more without access to power, food, or transportation. You also should think about your own situation and what additional needs you might have.


This free CERT Basic training class follows the FEMA curriculum, and is tailored to address potential local disasters and hazards. The instruction is adapted to conform to Fairfax County preparedness and response protocols and procedures. The training consists of a combination of lectures followed by hands-on demonstrations and drills to develop the students' skills in the areas of emergency preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The Lead Instructor will provide prospective students with class preparation information and a class schedule (syllabus) at least one week prior to the first class meeting. The text and study guide (Participants Manual) will be issued at the first meeting. Students are also provide basic personal protective equipment for the training that they may retain upon completion of the course. This training does not require any physical strength or agility.
Students are requested to attend all the class sessions. 

CERT 136 at the Fire and Rescue Academy - April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Click here to register for class 136
CERT 137 at the Fire and Rescue Academy - April 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 11, 23

Click here to register for class 137

The Risk Management Division, Loss Prevention Team is pleased to share the Overhead High Voltage Training Schedule for Calendar Year 2018 as shown below.  (There are two classes per date).  Each class will be held at the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) in the Upper Parking Lot.  MPSTOC is located at 4980 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, Virginia.

Classes last approximately 1 hour, however there is time built in to allow for questions.
This critical, up-close training opportunity demonstrates the dangers of contact with high voltage power lines and what measures may be taken to protect against these dangers.

Anyone interested in participating, please contact me via e-mail Judith.Schambach@fairfaxcounty.gov or via phone at 703-324-3048 to register.

Please note; should it rain, class would be canceled. 
DATE                                                     CLASS TIME 
Tuesday, April 17th                             10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (FRD C-Shift)                     
Tuesday, April 17th                            1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  (FRD C-Shift)                        
Tuesday, May 22nd                               10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (FRD A-Shift)                     
Tuesday, May 22nd                                 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   (FRD A-Shift)

Tuesday, October 16th                          10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (FRD B-Shift)                     
Tuesday, October 16th                          1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   (FRD B-Shift)