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 session. This zoom session lays out the training program, gets you registered for the online course, and provides support during the Online course with 4 optional Q&A sessions.
In both courses you will learn:
Our training calendar presents a limited number of classes. Schedule will show the start date for a continuous multi-day courses. Visit Volunteer.FairfaxCounty.gov, to sign up to be informed of future CERT training opportunities.
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.
You have already completed the Basic CERT class, and have attended some other classes and events. But wait, you have been bitten by the bug and want to do more in the world of emergency medical services.
Where do you go from here? One option is to follow the example of over 50 of your fellow CERTs and join a volunteer fire department and become an EMT!
Read more HERE or head over to www.fcvfra.org