Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program to engage citizens in making their community safer, more prepared, and more resilient when incidents occur. 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 in case of major disasters when first responders are delayed. the CERT mantra: “Do the greatest good for the greatest number”.
While a large portion of our funding regularly comes from government budgeting and grants, we can't rely on that to cover all of our very active operations. We always appreciate help from the public, and if you're interested in donating to our cause, we have a verified 501-c3, where YOU can be the hero of our operations. The dollar can be the most powerful tool in any crisis.
Classes are held at the Fairfax County Fire and
Rescue Academy located at 4600 West Ox Road in Fairfax. Classes are also taught at locations throughout the county, by request, from homeowner associations, companies, and other groups. Contact us for more information.
CERT training is conducted by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Instructors and CERT Instructors.
Anyone who lives or works in Fairfax County and is 18 years of age or older (16 with parent/guardian participation) is eligible to take CERT training.People of varying physical abilities are welcome.
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 full of personal protective equipment and disaster response supplies.
In 24 hours of classroom and hands-on training, you will learn:
...And much more!