Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT)

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The Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT) program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations and disaster psychology.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives.  When help does arrive, VBCERT members provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.

 Upcoming Classes

Most classes except the Practical will be held at the Fire Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m.  The Practical will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire Training Center.  The Fingerprinting/EOC night will be held at Precinct One (Building 11) and the Emergency Operations Center (Building 30).

January 2020 Class

  • ​​January 9, 2020 – Orientation
  • January 16, 2020 – Weather & Team Organization
  • January 23, 2020 – Disaster Preparedness
  • January 30, 2020 – EOC/Fingerprinting/Terrorism Awareness
  • February 6, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • February 13, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations II
  • February 20, 2020 – CPR Certification
  • February 27, 2020 – Stop the Bleed/FBI
  • March 5, 2020 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • March 12, 2020 – Fire Suppression
  • March 19, 2020 – Disaster Psychology/Radio Training
  • March 28, 2020 – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster 


June 2020

  • ​June 15, 2020 – Orientation
  • June 17, 2020– Disaster Preparedness
  • June 22, 2020 – Fingerprinting, EOC, 911 Call Center, Terrorism Training
  • June 24, 2020 – Weather & Team Organization
  • June 29, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • July 1, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations II
  • July 6, 2020 – CPR Certification   
  • July 8, 2020 – Stop the Bleed/FBI  
  • July 13, 2020 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • July 15, 2020 – Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials
  • July 20, 2020 - Disaster Psychology/ Radio Training
  • July 25, 2020 –  Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster


September 2020

  • ​September 8, 2020 – Orientation
  • September 10, 2020 – Weather & Team Organization
  • September 15 – Fingerprinting, EOC, Radios & Terrorism Awareness
  • September 17, 2020 – Disaster Preparedness
  • September 22, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • September 24, 2020 – Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • September 29, 2020 – CPR Certification
  • October 1, 2020 – Stop the Bleed/FBI
  • October 6, 2020 – Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials
  • October 8, 2020 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
  • October 13 – Disaster Psychology/Radio Training
  • October 24, 2020 – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster

These classes may change due to instructor availability…​

Most classes except the Practical will be held at the Fire Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m.  The Practical will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire Training Center.  The Fingerprinting/EOC night will be held at Precinct One (Building 11) and the Emergency Operations Center (Building 30).

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