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/EMS 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/EMS Training Center.  The Fingerprinting/EOC night will be held at Precinct One (Building 11) and the Emergency Operations Center (Building 30).

January 2018 Class 

  • January 18, 2018 – Orientation
  • January 25, 2018 – Disaster Preparedness 
  • February 1, 2018 – Weather & Team Organization 
  • February 8, 2018 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • February 15, 2018 – Fingerprinting, Eoc & Terrorism Awareness
  • February 22, 2018- Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • March 1, 2018 – CPR Certification
  • March 8, 2018 – Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials
  • March 15, 2018 – Light Search And Rescue Operations
  • March 22, 2018 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
  • March 24, 2018 – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster​​​

All classes will be held at the Fire/EMS Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m.  except the Practical which will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire/EMS Training Center.​


May 2018 Class

  • May 7, 2018 – Orientation
  • May 9, 2018  – Disaster Preparedness
  • May 14, 2018  – Weather & Team Organization 
  • May 16, 2018 – Disaster Medical Operations I
  • May 21, 2018 – Fingerprinting, Eoc & Terrorism Awareness
  • May 23, 2018  - Disaster Medical Operations Ii
  • May 30, 2018  – CPR Certification
  • June 4, 2018  – Fire Suppression & Hazardous Materials
  • June 6, 2018 –​ Light Search And Rescue Operations
  • June 11, 2018 – Disaster Psychology /Radio Training
  • June 13, 2018  – Extra Night
  • June 16, 2018  – Practical Evolution/Mock Disaster​​​ ​

All classes will be held at the Fire/EMS Training Center, 927 So. Birdneck Road, from 6 – 10 p.m.  except the Practical which will be held on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. also at the Fire/EMS Training Center.​

 VBCert Application

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