Neighbors Helping Neighbors
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 and fun, and it is FREE. You will receive a backpack with personal protective equipment and disaster response supplies.
Classes are held at the Fairfax County Fire and
Rescue Academy located at 4600 West Ox Road in Fairfax, VA. We also offer classes at various community locations throughout the county, by request, from homeowner associations, companies, churches and other groups. Contact us for more information.
CERT training is conducted by Adjunct instructors of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy and our outstanding Volunteer CERT Instructors.
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 to just 8 socially distanced students.
Get started create an account. while you are doing that go ahead and register for the Welcome + Q&A session.
CERT Basic Training consists of 2 courses preceded by a Welcome Meeting and Q&A Session 1. This zoom session lays out the training program, targets your skills course, gets you registered in, and provides support for the Online course with 3 Q&A Sessions.
In both courses you will learn:
Get your volunteer hours and while taking CERT training and leaning life-saving skills! We document your hours during CERT Basic Training and will, on request, provide certification of your hours toward your High School graduation. CERT Basic Training (about 30 hours).
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.
This virtual meeting lays out the Fairfax County CERT Basic Training program, walks you through the steps to register for the "CERT Basic ...
This in-person course teaches the CERT Basic Skills over 5 Sessions, requiring 4 weeks, on Thursday evenings at the Fairfax County Public Sa...
The majority of our funding use to come from the UASI Grant and other regular government budgeting. However, that funding has not been renewed. We must rely on our community to support our very active operations throughout Fairfax County. We always appreciate help from the public, and if you're interested in donating to our cause, we have a IRS certified 501.C(3) non-profit that can accept fully deductible contributions to support our operations. The dollar can be the most powerful and effective tool before a crisis.