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Fairfax CERT Master Exercise

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VATF-1 Disaster Training Center

9900 Furnace Road

Lorton, VA 22079

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Master Exercise for both New and Seasoned CERTs, and even those who are waiting to be trained.

This Master Exercise will give our newly trained CERTs an opportunity to demonstrate skills and work together with our seasoned CERTs. From moulage to triage, you’ll experience it all. This is a unique opportunity to practice your skills in a realistic full scale exercise. We're excited to offer this training at Virginia Task Force 1's training facility at the former Lorton Juvenile Detention Center.

At this time, we are looking for victim-actors, ham operators, evaluators or controllers. The exercise is conducted in a no-fault learning environment where capabilities and processes are continuously evaluated. The scenario(s) are realistic and event simulation provides sufficient detail to allow players to react to information and situations as they are presented, as if the simulated incident were real. The exercise will be held rain or shine.

All participants must sign a waiver and register through Eventbrite.

For our participants, a modest lunch will be provided by one of the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Canteen units, disaster dining at its best!

Late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:00 am.

0730-0800 - Victim Actor check in

0800-0830 - Responder check in


Hurricane Penny, a Category 3 storm, has been churning in the Caribean for over a week and has slowly moved up the eastern seaboard. It made landfall near Norfolk, VA, yesterday morning. The storm's center proceeded up the Chesappeake Bay and turned west at the entrance of the Potomac River. The storm has now passed. However, with winds in excess of 80 MPH and heavy downpours, many buildings have been damaged. Although public safety resources have been preparing for this event, the majority of available resources are tied up in the low lying areas of the county and are still working there. Your neighborhood CERT team has been mobilized and you've been assigned to Lorton Acres, a gated community. CERT responders will be tasked to search buildings and contruction debris, search for survivors, render lifesaving care, establish a medical treatment area, set up a shelter area, transport survivors to the medical treatment area and maintain care of victims until the Fire Department is able to transport to area hospitals. As a member of a neighborhood CERT team, you are expected to bring (what fits in your pack) whatever basic supplies are needed to complete your mission.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, all participants should have a picture ID. Participants must be at least 16 years old because this site is used extensively for rescue training and has inherent hazards including, but not limited to sharp objects, broken glass, nails, insects, tripping hazards, etc.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

ALL PERSONS coming on the site (regardless of your role) must wear shoes that completely enclose the foot - No sandals, Tevas, Keens, Crocs, High heels, Pumps etc. - Persons arriving without proper foot wear will be denied access to the site - No EXCEPTIONS

ALL PERSONS coming on the site (regardless of your role) must wear long pants - No shorts or skirts. Anyone arriving without proper attire will be denied access to the site. Safety is paramount! We also recommend that you bring a water bottle, cup or some other water storage device. We will have drinking water available on site. Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.

CERT Responders- You may bring any resources you like, however they will need to be carried in and kept with you during the exercise. Proper PPE is required.

Victim Actors- We recommend some form of entertainment during the periods of waiting - a book, an iPod, a well charged phone.... it can get muddy/cold/wet so a word of caution.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Missy Tuttle-Ferrio, Volunteer Lead

Anita Van der Merwe, Deputy Lead

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No, sorry. It's an accountability thing.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, this will allow us to expedite checking into the secured site.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Nope. Again, it's an accountability thing. This is a secured training site.



By registering for this event, I hereby request permission to participate in the Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Exercise. I understand that this training will involve active physical participation, which includes a potential risk of personal injury and/or personal property damage. I make this request with full knowledge of the possibility of personal injury and/or personal property damage. Further, I have read and understand the program outline that describes all class sections and the associated activities.

I agree to hold Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, the County of Fairfax, and Fairfax County Emergency Management, and their agents and personnel, harmless from any and all claims, actions, suits, and/or injury that I may suffer and which may arise as a result of my participation in the above mentioned class.

I agree to follow the rules established by the instructors, and to exercise reasonable care while participating in the CERT program. I understand that if I fail to follow the instructor’s rules and regulations or if I fail to exercise reasonable care, I can be administratively removed from the program.

I hereby authorize the Fairfax County CERT Program to take photographs of myself and others that I bring to class to act as “victims” and to use or publish such photographs (still photographs, film/video, etc.) in any format (print, electronic publication, internet, etc.) as they see fit and I waive any rights and any claims I might have regarding the taking or publishing of any such photos.

By executing this release I certify that I have read this release in its entirety, understand all of its terms and have had any questions regarding the release or its effect satisfactory answered. I agree to this release freely and voluntarily.

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VATF-1 Disaster Training Center

9900 Furnace Road

Lorton, VA 22079

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