National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training

TRAINING DESCRIPTION: A new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training
program, developed through the national Second Strategic Highway
Research Program (SHRP2), is being offered for all emergency
responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations
– police, firefighters, EMS, state and local departments of
transportation, towing, and other incident responders.

The purpose is to promote a shared understanding of the requirements
for achieving the safety of responders and motorists, quick response,
and effective communications at traffic incident scenes, leading to a
safer, faster, integrated responder team and reduce secondary crashes.

DATE:  Saturday, 13 May 2017
TIME: 0800 – 1200
Location: Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy, 415 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville, MD

Register by using the link to the right.

SWAT Exercise: Need for Volunteers

The 2017 NCR SWAT FSE, which is scheduled for April 26, 2017, is one (1) of two (2) exercises in the 2016-2017 NCR SWAT Exercise Series focused on exercising the NCR Coordinated Tactical Response Plan. Six (6) venues will host and support exercise play. Multiple SWAT teams will stage at and respond to a simulated complex coordinated attack at each of the six (6) different host venues. 

All volunteers must be 18 years of age in order to participate in the exercise. Volunteers will be expected to act out the part of a victim to a terrorist attack at a location to be determined by your preference in this registration and the need for volunteers at each location. Refreshments will be provided to volunteers at all locations. Emergency responders and other entities will test their ability to respond to and manage the scenario at each location. All volunteers will be given a safety briefing prior to the start of the exercise and instructed to follow all first responder commands.  Prior to the exercise, you will receive an email with a location assignment and other logistical information pertinent to that location. You must bring a government issued ID to your assigned location in order to participate in the exercise. 

For more information regarding the exercise and to register as a role player, please visit the following link:

Special Thanks to Ray and Sharon Wingo

On February 15, 2017, Ray and Sharon Wingo were recognized at the monthly Anne Arundel County – Annapolis (AAA) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) monthly training session for outstanding service to the team and broader community. For years, Ray and Sharon have been teaching the importance of fire safety, preparedness, and suppression for CERT and the local community members. At every CERT Basic class, they pull up the mobile unit and demonstrate first-hand how to suppress small fires.

At the conclusion of the February training session, which happened to be pertaining to fire safety, Mr. Paul Bowling, AAA CERT President, presented Ray and Sharon with a plaque and card.


American Heart Association First Aid / CPR / AED

The Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED course is designed to prepare students to provide first aid and CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • list the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of the first aid rescuer
  • describe the key steps in first aid
  • describe the assessment of and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • use an epinephrine pen
  • control bleeding
  • recognize elements of common injuries and illnesses
  • recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers
  • describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • recognize when someone needs CPR
  • perform high-quality CPR for an adult alone or as a team member during multi-rescuer CPR (child and infant CPR modules are optional)
  • give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a barrier device for all age groups
  • demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult (child and infant AED modules are optional)
  • describe when and how to help a choking adult or child (infant choking module is optional).

Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid skills demonstration and a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card that is valid for two years.

Each student will receive:
– AHA HeartSaver CPR/AED First Aid Training Manual
– First Aid training material
– Certification (upon successful completion)

This course is normally $125.00 but is being offered to CERT MEMBERS ONLY for $31.00 plus fees.

AAA CERT Basic Course: Spring 2017 Registration Open!

Dates have been released and registration is open!


Friday, March 31: 6pm-9pm
Saturday, April 1: 8am-5pm
Sunday, April 2: 8am-3pm
Saturday, April 8: 8am-12pm (disaster simulation)

Additional optional classes known as Basic + (Plus) including CPR/AED, First Aid, and Radio Communications will be offered following this class. More details to follow.

Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Register here

CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster.

The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in this course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. Medical or EMT experience is not required.

Fee: $60.00 to cover the cost of the training manual, disposable first aid training supplies, and a CERT backpack.

Lunch: On your own – suggest that you bring a bag lunch however, there are several fast food restaurants nearby.

Attendees are required to attend all sessions to complete the class and obtain a certificate. For questions, please contact

Overall Course Objectives
Upon completing this course, the participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the types of hazards that are most likely to affect their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
    2. Take steps to prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.
    3. Describe the functions of CERTs and their role in immediate response.
    4. Identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods.
    5. Work as a team to apply basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures to extinguish a pan fire.
    6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling excessive bleeding, and treating for shock.
    7. Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.
    8. Perform head-to-toe patient assessments.
    9. Select and set up a treatment area.
    10.Employ basic treatments for various injuries and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.
    11.Identify planning and sizeup requirements for potential search and rescue situations.
    12.Describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.
    13.Work as a team to apply safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.
    14.Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue operations.
    15.Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors.
    16.Describe CERT organization and documentation requirements. In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific objectives.

Course Outline

Unit – 1 Disaster Preparedness
– Introductions and Overview
– Community Preparedness: Roles and Responsibilities
– Hazards and Their Potential Impact
– Impact on the Infrastructure
– Home and Workplace Preparedness
– Reducing the Impact of Hazards Through Mitigation
– CERT Disaster Response
– Protection for Disaster Workers
– Additional Training for CERTs
– Unit Summary

Unit – 2 Fire Safety and Utility Controls
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Fire Chemistry
– Fire and Utility Hazards
– CERT Sizeup
– Fire Sizeup Considerations
– Firefighting Resources
– Fire Suppression Safety
– Hazardous Materials
– Exercise: Suppressing Small Fires
– Unit Summary

Unit – 3 Disaster Medical Operations — Part 1
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Treating Life-Threatening Conditions
– Triage
– Unit Summary

Unit – 4 Disaster Medical Operations — Part 2
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Public Health Considerations
– Functions of Disaster Medical Operations
– Establishing Medical Treatment Areas
– Conducting Head-to-Toe Assessments
– Treating Burns
– Wound Care
– Treating Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, and Strains
– Nasal Injuries
– Treating Cold-Related Injuries
– Treating Heat-Related Injuries
– Bites and Stings
– Unit Summary

Unit – 5 Light Search and Rescue Operations
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Safety During Search and Rescue Operations
– Conducting Interior and Exterior Search Operations
– Conducting Rescue Operations
– Unit Summary

Unit – 6 CERT Organization
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– CERT Organization
– CERT Mobilization
– Documentation
– Activity: ICS Functions
– Activity: Tabletop Exercise
– Unit Summary

Unit – 7 Disaster Psychology
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Disaster Trauma
– Team Well-Being
– Working with Survivors’ Trauma
– Unit Summary

Unit – 8 Terrorism and CERT
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– What Is Terrorism?
– Terrorist Targets
– Terrorist Weapons
– CBRNE Indicators
– Preparing at Home, Work, and in Your Neighborhood
– CERTs and Terrorist Incidents
– Activity: Applying CERT Principles to a Suspected Terrorist Incident
– Unit Summary

Unit – 9 Functional Needs, Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation
– Introduction and Unit Overview
– Course Review
– Final Exam
– Disaster Simulation
Exercise Critique and Summary

We look forward to having you!

Course dates/times/content subject to change. Changes will be made on this blog post.

Clinton CERT Offerings

This is just a reminder for anyone interested in attending Clinton CERT events to register now.  You are being given the opportunity to register before the events are published state-wide online.  All events are free to attend.

These events will be posted on the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website and on Eventbrite.

Registration links are below:

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings – four hour class

December 17, 2016

8am – 1230pm

Clinton. MD

CERTEX 2016 Fall SAR Drill

November 19, 2016

8am – 12noon

Clinton. MD

The CERT Team of Clinton, in Southern Maryland, is looking for volunteer participants for a mock disaster search and rescue drill.  This volunteer opportunity will be the second in the series of follow-up exercises from CERTEX PGC 2016 Function Exercise held in June.

CERT-trained responders and volunteer victims needed. Victim participants will be creatively disguised by our talented makeup artists with disaster makeup to simulate real-life injuries after a disaster.  Volunteers posing as victims should wear old clothes they do not mind getting dirty or torn.

Following is the Eventbrite registration link for the CERTEX PGC 2016 Fall Drill.  The location will be determined later in September.

Come join us and help us improve our response capabilities in wide area search for a mass casualty incident.

Feel free to share this information with your family, friends and coworkers.

Technician Ham Radio HamCram Class

October 8 & 9, 2016

9am – 4pm, both days

Clinton, MD

Are You Ready? Presentation

October 29th, 2016

9:00am – 12 noon

Silver Spring, MD  20910

Let’s take these opportunities to meet some new people, make some new friends, renew acquaintances and learn something new ~~~ while having great fun.  Teen CERTs are welcome to all events listed.

Any questions, please email Ms. Paula Hughes,


Anne Arundel County Maryland, OEM Host Hurricane Workshop

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop,
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop

GLEN BURNIE, MD – The Office of Emergency Management hosted a Hurricane Workshop on August 30, 2016 to strengthen the County’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recovery from hurricanes with the focus on resources. Participants included Anne Arundel County Central Services, Department of Public Works, Fire, Police, Department of Health, Department of Inspections and Permits, Office of Planning and Zoning, Department of Social Services, Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis County and City of Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Anne Arundel County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES).
“With Hurricane Season now in full force, we in county government needed to ensure we are prepared,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “Our more than 530 miles of shoreline leave us vulnerable to these types of weather events, but I am confident our team will be ready for any challenge we may face.”
The workshop commenced with presentations to set the stage for resource management. Christopher Strong from the National Weather Services discussed what elements are produced by hurricanes and tropical storms as the County continues efforts to prepare for Hurricane Season. To expand on resource management, Jennifer Gray, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, explained the resource request process to obtain resources from State, Federal, and other jurisdictions if the County has exhausted of. its local resources. Christine Romans, Director of Central Services, highlighted the purchasing guidelines for County Departments and how the process is streamlined for emergencies.
Staff from Office of Emergency Management; Director J. Kevin Aftung, Teresa Chapman, and Melissa Serich conducted the second half of the workshop to discuss County critical facilities, prioritization of power restoration, generator capabilities, potable water, fueling, emergency communications, damage assessment, debris removal, and disaster recovery centers.
This is reprinted from a PRESS RELEASE from Anne Arundel County, Office of Emergency Management. Written by: Chrissy Calp, (410) 222-0605, (443) 679-8475 (cell).

Medical – Trauma Moulage Workshop

This is an interactive workshop is designed to enhance realism in simulation scenarios while providing best practice techniques. This intensive hands-on, 16 hour course will be presented in a multifarious approach including • scenario staging and techniques • accessory moulage options • wound care, reuse and storage recommendations • time and money saving alternatives.
Participants will:
Learn to use SIM-Safe make-up and industry secrets to create common medical-trauma conditions and odors. • Create soft tissue wounds and accessory moulage utilizing Gels, Silifix & Waxes
Learn to create life-like three dimensional wounds that can be sutured, debrided and triaged for a realistic training experience.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: • EMS Educators • Police/Fire • Simulation Educators • First Responders/Hospitals/EMS • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Facilitators • Educators/Trainers An Educational Workshop and anyone desiring to learn expert moulage techniques.

This course is presented by Moulage Concepts by Bobbie Jo Mercica. Bobbie is an author of Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive. Bobbie is also the author of published articles in various Journals for EMS, Emergency Medicine and Nursing and has presented this or similar courses from coast to coast. To say the least she is an accomplished moulage make-up artist.

COST: $550.00
Date: 2016 September 08 – 09, 08:00 – 17:00
Sponsor: Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT
Location: Anne Arundel County Fire Academy, 415 Maxwell Frye Drive, Millersville, MD

Lunch will be on your own and we suggest that you brown bag it!


Search & Rescue (SAR) in Community Disasters

Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?
Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?

Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT is pleased to host “Search and Rescue in Community Disasters” presented by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

The Search and Rescue in Community Disasters course provides training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath
of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused incident. The course is intended for members of the whole community and draws on information and lessons learned from a variety of disaster incidents such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made events for discussion points. The course also uses hands-on training to demonstrate best practices for effective search and light rescue, which can be used in both residential and commercial environments.

– Developing a mindset to prepare, act and survive in a disaster involving your community
– Using survival strategies to rescue and care for yourself, your family, and your pets during and in the immediate aftermath of an event
– Providing assistance in the search, light rescue, care, and safety of your neighbors

The target audience encompasses the whole community, including, but not restricted to:
Religious Organizations
Volunteer Fire Departments
Community Emergency Response Teams
Youth Organizations
American Red Cross and other Non- Governmental Organizations
Other Interested Members of the Community

FEMA / SID Number
Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class.
Register online:

Course Length 1 1/2 Days (12 hours)
2015 October 14 – 18:00 – 22:00
2015 October 15 – 08:00 – 17:00
Anne Arundel County Fire Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Lunch on Saturday is on your own and it is recommended that you brown bag it! Water will be provided.

Register through the Eventbrite box on the right of this post.

Questions, contact us through the contact form.