Community Emergency Response Team (VBCERT) Course Starts June 4

Six-week course educates citizens on disaster preparedness

Monday, May 21, 2018

The City of Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course that starts Monday, June 4 and runs through Saturday, July 14. This six-week course (two days a week) 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.

Additional information and registration can be found at VBCERT or by calling Cookie Ketcham at (757) 385-2914 or Douglas Duggan at (757) 416-8782.

All classes will be held at the Fire Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road, from 6 to 10 p.m., except the Practical which will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the Fire Training Center.

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