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 will be held at the Fire/EMS Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m.  The Practical (last class) will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Fingerprinting/EOC night will be held at the Municipal Center, First Police Precinct (Building 11) and the Emergency Operations Center (Building 30) at the Municipal Center.*

January 2019 Class

  • January 17, 2019 – Orientation
  • January 24, 2019  –  Disaster Preparedness 
  • January 31, 2019  – Weather & Team Organization 
  • February 7, 2019  – EOC/Fingerprinting/Terrorism Awareness 
  • ​February 14, 2019 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • February 21, 2019  –​ Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • February 28​, 2019  – CPR Certification
  • March 7, 2019  – Fire Suppression 
  • March 14, 2019 –​ Light Search And Rescue Operations
  • March 21, 2019 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
  • March 23, 2019  – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster​​​

​ ​​​​​June 2019 Class

  • June 3, 2019 – Orientation
  • June 5, 2019  –  Disaster Preparedness 
  • June 10, 2019  – EOC/Fingerprinting/Terrorism Awareness 
  • June 12, 2019  – Weather & Team Organization ​ 
  • ​June 17, 2019 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • June 19, 2019  –​ Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • June 24, 2019  – CPR Certification
  • June 26, 2019  – Light Search And Rescue Operations 
  • July 8, 2019 –​ Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials 
  • July 10, 2019 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
  • July 13, 2019  – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster​​​

September 2019 Class

  • September 3, 2019 – Orientation
  • September 4, 2019  –  Weather & Team Organization  
  • September  10, 2019  – Disaster Preparedness 
  • September  12, 2019  – EOC/Fingerprinting/Terrorism Awareness 
  • September  17, 2019 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • September  19, 2019  –​ Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • September  24, 2019  – CPR Certification
  • September  26, 2019  –  Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials 
  • October 1, 2019 –​ Light Search And Rescue Operations​  
  • October 3, 2019 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
  • October 5, 2019  – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster​​​​


 VBCert Application

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