AAA CERT Basic Course: Summer and Fall 2017 Registration Now Open!

Dates for both July and September have been released and registration is open!

Schedule for Summer:

Friday, July 28: 6pm-9pm
Saturday, July 29: 8am-5pm
Sunday, July 30: 8am-3pm
Saturday, August 5: 8am-1pm (disaster simulation)

Click here to register for the summer session!

Schedule for Fall:

Friday, September 15: 6pm-9pm
Saturday, September 16: 8am-5pm
Sunday, September 17: 8am-3pm
Saturday, September 23: 8am-1pm (disaster simulation)

Click here to register for the fall session!

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

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: $70.00 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.

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: https://ncrswatvolunteerreg.eventbrite.com

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.

 

Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo: Blood Drive Participants

We are expanding this year’s Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo to include a Blood Drive. In preparation, American Red bloodCross has asked for a list of participants to demonstrate the interest.

As you may know, the Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo is on September 10, 2016 at the Marley Station Mall and the County is exicted to partner with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive.

If you or family/friends are interested in donating blood on September 10th, please send an email to fdcalp00@aacounty.org with your name(s) and email address.

Thank you for you support!!

Clinton CERTEX PGC 2016

Clinton CERT is once again hosting a Functional Exercise, CERTEX PGC 2016 FE. This year’s exercise will be held at:
Clinton Baptist Church
8701 Woodyard Road
Clinton, MD 20735
June 25, 2016
7am – 100pm.

Clinton CERT is looking for CERT responders, controllers, evaluators, site-support, and victim-actors to play injured people at a mass casualty exercise. (Victim-actors should wear clothes they do not mind getting very dirty and they also have the opportunity to have disaster make-up (moulage) applied by professional moulage artists for the event.) They are especially in need of moulage appliers. Prince George’s County needs you to make this event a success.

Please register on Eventbrite, at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/certex-pgc-2016-fe-exercise if you would like to assist the county with disaster preparedness.

Feel free to share this information with family, friends, and coworkers. Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided – FREE!!!

Point of Contact: Paula M. Hughes
President, CERT of Clinton, MD
PGCERT.pmhughes@gmail.com

New Online Course: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a new self-paced, independent study course, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster.

This course explores how religious and cultural communities are engaged during disasters, how religious and cultural diversity and practice is protected by law, and how religious and cultural diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities.  It provides emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with literacy and competency tools to engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster.

The course was developed to support partnerships between the first responders and faith-based and community organizations to more effectively serve disaster survivors in their time of need.
https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-505

Workplace Violence / Active shooter VIRTUAL EXERCISE

On FEBRUARY 8TH, 2 – 4 PM EST get ready to STRESS-Test your Plans

Workplace violence fear is an increasing concern nationally. Do you know what to look for before violence comes to work?  How do your plans reduce these risks and tNewFirestormLogoWebhreats?

Join Firestorm and key national partners for an expanded 120-minute, no-fee, virtual workplace violence crisis exercise. Test your plans, identify any gaps, and benchmark your response before a real crisis occurs. Don’t wait for violence; experience what needs to be done before, during, and after a workplace violence event.

Firestorm celebrates more than 10 years of service empowering people to manage risk and crises. In 2015, more than one thousand companies participated in live Firestorm interactive, virtual exercises.  Firestorm has expanded the virtual exercise format to provide more time for each team to participate and make critical decisions. Join us:

Monday, February 8th 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Register here

Led by Jim Satterfield, Firestorm President and Chief Operating Officer, these exercises will be interactive, illustrating the various phases of an escalating violence incident: how to respond, what to communicate, and response to the unexpected and unknown.


Preparedness requires comprehensive planning and staff training to identify potential workplace violence issues, develop protocols to address situations, and respond to events that threaten the safety of everyone in your facility.

·         What do you know?

·         What do you do?

·         How do you monitor?

·         What do you communicate and with whom?

What Happens Once a Warning is Triggered?

·         What is the protocol in your organization for reporting an observed threat or behavior of concern?

·         Do you know?

·         Do your employees know?

·         Does the report go through your security team? Or maybe HR? Does it depend on the type of threat?

·         Has the process been tested?

Your plans will be tested in 2016. Will this be before a crisis or in a crisis?

Agenda:

·         Crisis/consequence management overview

·         Exercise structure, objectives and assumptions

·         WPV crisis scenario: series of escalations

·         Hot wash self-review and crisis management maturity model analysis

·         Warning signs and indicators

·         Next steps and resources

Who Should Attend? Anyone who wants to ensure their business is prepared for an incident of violence:

·         Senior crisis team members

·         Business continuity team members

·         Crisis communication team members

·         Senior leadership

·         Operations

·         Human resources

·         Security professionals