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!

Schedule:

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 training@aaacert.org

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.

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!

REGISTER HERE

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.

Topics
– 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

Participants
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

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

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.

CERTCON 2016

CERTCON 2016
CERTCON 2016

“Back to Basics, Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

DATE: Saturday, 24 September and Sunday 25 September
LOCATION: Saturday, 24 September events will be held at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.
Sunday, 25 September, the training will be held at the Lorton Training Site (instructions will be available during Saturday’s event).
COST: $11.54 ($10.00 plus $1.54 registration fee)
REGISTER HERE

CERTCON 2016 is hosted by Fairfax, VA CERT

HOTEL INFO: Hilton Springfield, 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA 22150. PH: 703-971-8900.
The hotel had a limited number of rooms set aside for attendees however, these rooms are SOLD OUT. However, if you are a Hilton Honors member the rate is less than the conference discounted rate for the room. If you are willing to pay for the rooms in advance (non-refundable) they are even less expensive.

Additional details will be furnished as the plans are finalized.

 

 

Basic CERT Class: Fall 2016

Dates have been released and registration is open!

Schedule:

Thursday, 15 September, 1800 – 2100
Saturday, 17 September, 0900 – 1200
Tuesday, 20 September, 1800 – 2100
Thursday, 22 September, 1800 – 2100
Thursday, 29 September, 1800 – 2100
Saturday, 1 October, 0800 – 1230 (final exercise)

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

Register here

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Classmates put their training to work in an exercise.

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: $55.00 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 training@aaacert.org

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

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.

Threat Considerations for Faith-based Communities and the Community at Large Seminar

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to pass along the following training announcement:

Training Title: Threat Considerations for Faith-based Communities and the Community at Large Seminar

Sponsors: Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI)
Baltimore Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
InfraGard Maryland Members Alliance

Location: Garrett College

Fine Arts Theater
687 Mosser road
McHenry, MD 21541

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $25.00

Registration link

Training Description: This one-day seminar is designed to provide the community and faith-based organizations a look at the the totality of mass casualty events, commonly referred to as “active shooters.” The day will examine indicators prior to the event, the realities of the actual event, and the expectation during post-event situations. This seminar is particularly designed for leadership, facilitator, administrator, supervisory, and first responder roles while also open to interested personnel.

For more information regarding the agenda and overnight accommodations please visit the event registration page (link located above).

This seminar will also be offered in Annapolis on September 21st and the Eastern Shore in the fall.

Pre-Requisites: N/A

**For Questions or more information contact Doug Rike (douglasrike8@hotmail.com), InfraGard Maryland Program Director.

DC CERT Class, July 2016

The DC CERT program has new management and has started up CERT classes.

Summer 2016 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)courses will continue in July.  Courses will start on Thursday, July 7th and wrap up with a final practical exercise on Saturday, July 30, 2016.  The course will be held in the District of Columbia, on Thursday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 1 PM.

It is a free event and additional information is listed on Eventbrite.

And, just in case you have not yet registered for CERTEX PGC 2016 FEhttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/certex-pgc-2016-fe-exercise-tickets-24268076470

Amtrak Passenger Train Emergency Response Training

Register here.Amtrak

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

5700 Berwyn Road
Berwyn Heights, MD 20740

This 4-hour classroom course gives orientation to the following:

  • Overview of railroad operations in general; passenger train operations in particular
  • Passenger car construction
  • Passenger evacuation
  • Forcible entry & extrication
  • Locomotive propulsion systems
  • Train crew orientation
  • Hazards: electrical & pneumatic and others
  • On-board emergency equipment
  • Location & use of emergency exit windows & doors
  • Search & rescue and fire suppression
  • Typical train consists and passenger loads
  • Hazardous materials