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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program to make communities safer, more prepared, and when incidents occur, more resilient in recovery. CERT is a partnership between the Federal and Fairfax County Governments and is managed by the Fire and Rescue Department. The training prepares people to help themselves, their families, and their communities during major disasters when first responders can be delayed. The CERT motto is to “Do the greatest good for the greatest number."
Be prepared to help during a personal or community-wide incident or disaster. CERT training is challenging, fun, and FREE. We provide you with a backpack with personal protective equipment and disaster response supplies to get you started on preparedness.
We offer CERT classes at various community locations throughout the county by request, from various business and community groups. Many of our Advanced and Continuing Education classes are held at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy located at 4600 West Ox Road in Fairfax, VA.
Contact us for more information.
CERT training is provided by the dedicated volunteer instructors of the CERT Program. many of which were just like you a few years ago. Occasionally, adjunct instructors of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy are engaged to provide technically challenging courses.
Anyone who lives, works or travels in Fairfax County, Virginia is eligible to take this FREE Emergency Response training. If you are:
People of varying physical abilities and languages are welcome and can be accommodated.
Class Sizes are Limited
During the COVID pandemic this training is even more vital. But it must also be safe for you and our instructors. So the class sizes are limited and socially distanced to ensure your safety.
To get started create an account. Click on the blue Sign Up button. Then click on the blue New Volunteer button to set up a Volunteer Profile. While you are in the system go ahead and register for the next CERT Basic Training Class
CERT Basic Training course teaches regular individuals how to respond in a disaster to save lives. The skills taught can also apply with everyday emergencies as well. The course covers the following topics:
This training consists of one 8-session course that occurs either once or twice a week in the evening at one location somewhere in the county. The location used determines whether the course starts at 6:30 pm or 7 pm and each session runs for 3 to 3.5 hours.
Fairfax County CERT acknowledges community service hours for CERT Basic Training, and certain other CERT Continuing Education (CCE) classes, required for some high school and college program graduations. CCE courses that provide service hours will be identified in the VMS registration announcement online. Service hours are documented by the Instructor and confirmed by the Director, Training Division after the conclusion of the course. To the extent one is physically able to do so, participants must be present and engaged with the class. Simple presence at a class is not sufficient to warrant service hours.
Because of the nature of our courses and events some limitations apply. In general, all CERT Training participants must be:
In Fairfax County, CERT Basic Training requires about 28 hours and involved two courses (IS-317a Introduction to CERT (2 hours) online course and CERT Basic Training (24 hours).
For questions regarding Service Hours please contact:
Wayne Vick, Director, Training Division at TrainingDiv@FairfaxCountyCERT.org.
This calendar provides only information for events available to people interested in learning about and getting trained by the Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team. Many more opportunities for FREE training and ways to get involved are available to you once you have completed the CERT Basic Training curriculum.
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Fairfax County CERT events will be cancelled when the Fairfax County Government is closed or when a non-Fairfax County site hosting the event is closed. The “open/closed” status of the Fairfax County Government can be found:
All CERT events are subject to cancellation due to weather, scheduling, or other factors. CERT volunteers are advised to check their email in the days leading up to an event and check with the Event Lead if there is any question.
CERT relies on our community to support our very active volunteer operations throughout Fairfax County. We always appreciate the support of our public-minded residents of Fairfax County and your donations to support this vital training and, award-winning, volunteer program. We are an IRS certified 501.C(3) non-profit that can accept fully deductible contributions to support our operations. A dollar can be the most powerful and effective tool, before a crisis.