Mass Casualty Exercise, Lorton VA (Fairfax CERT) Saturday, November 21

Fairfax Community Emergency Response Team Master Exercise


This Master Exercise exercise will give our newly trained CERTs an opportunity to demonstrate skills and work together with our seasoned CERTs as an individual responder or as a neighborhood team. 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.

Participants have the option to register as a responder, victim-actor, evaluator or controller. The exercise is conducted in a no-fault learning environment where capabilities and processes will be evaluated. The scenario(s) will be realistic and event simulation will provide 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! Participants will also have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour of the Lorton Training Site, used by Fairfax County’s elite urban search and rescue team, Virginia Task Force 1

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

0730-0800 – Victim Actor check in

0800-0830 – Responder check in


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 would 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.