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CERT teachers include members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue who are experienced in emergency response. Here, instructors guide a group of students at a CERT class on May 12.

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CERT Helps Citizens Prepare for Emergency Situations

Training provides hands-on disaster response skills.

Steve Willey, a member of Virginia Task Force One and lead instructor of Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), acknowledges that the police and fire department are dependable in the community after a major disaster. But, it’s important to be prepared, since police and fire and rescue are sent first to major incidents, making it important for community members to take control of their own safety. That’s where CERT comes in.


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