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Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 8:00 AM – Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT
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It's Time for the Sixth Annual CERT Conference!
The Fairfax County (Virginia) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring the sixth annual CERT conference (CERTCON 2016) in the National Capital Region. This weekend conference is open to CERT-trained individuals.
The focus of CERTCON 2016 is all about "Back to Basics, Neighbors Helping Neighbors," with the goal to expose each attendee to opportunities to refresh their CERT skills and techniques. Over the course of two days, an elective schedule of classroom presentations, demonstrations, workshops and hands-on sessions will allow participants to return home to their neighborhoods, businesses and CERT teams with a customized experience of refreshed skills.
The admission fee for CERTCON 2016 is $10 and includes an event t-shirt.
CERTCON 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 from 8 AM - 4 PM.
On Saturday, CERTCON will be held at at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College (http://www.nvcc.edu/annandale/index.html) and Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at the Lorton Training Site.
WHO CAN ATTEND
All CERTs are invited to attend, and we especially encourage CERTs from mid-Atlantic region to seize the opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills sets, as well as a chance to be exposed to new and different techniques and tools. This CERTCON's objective is to make us all more effective as CERTs - "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."
NOTE: Due to the nature of the event, no children will be admitted. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Participants 16 to 17 must have a responsible adult with them at all times. CERT Certifications will be verified.
Still not sure if you want to attend CERT Con 2016? Just check out tentative Saturday, September 24th, schedule of sessions:
- Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States, A Surprising History - Rick Schwartz –
- Controlling Utilities in Your Home - Jonathan Wood, Fair Oaks VFRC
- The Trauma Triad of Death - How to save a life with a blanket - Dr. Dan Avstreih, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
- Blood borne Pathogens – Capt. Pete Masters, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
- Bystander Care – Greg St. James, Montgomery County CERT
- Excellence in Leadership, Phil Amtower. MO CERT I
- Autism Spectrum and First Responder - Scott Campbell
- Everything Duct Tape – Anita Van der Merwe, Missy Tuttle-Ferrio
- Crowd Management and Community Events - Barry Feil, Director, Celebrate Fairfax
- Emergency Communications in Disasters - Joseph Palsa, K3WRY, Virginia Section Manager ARRL
- Community Animal Response Team (CART), Louisa County
- Exercise Design and Execution – Derek Rowan
- And three others still under development
On Sunday, September 25th, the conference will be capped with a full-day of exercises and demos at the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue training facility in Lorton, VA. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on refresher exercises that will challenge their skills in search and rescue and first aid