Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program to engage citizens in making their community safer, more prepared, and 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 can be delayed. he CERT mantra 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. We also offer classes at various community locations throughout the county, by request, from homeowner associations, companies, 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 are welcome and accommodated.
Class Sizes are Limited
During the COVID pandemic class sizes are limited to 8 students each ensure the safety of the trainees and instructors.
CERT Basic Training consists of 2 courses:
In both courses you will learn:
While a large portion of our funding comes a UASI Grant and other regular government budgeting, we can't rely on it to cover 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