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Congrats, CERT Basic Class of April 2022

CERT Basic Class of April 2022

 

Congratulations to the April 2022 CERT Basic class. Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT’s first class of 2022. The April 2022 class underwent its training and final disaster simulation exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  This group was close to pre pandemic size with almost 20 participants. During the simulation, search teams had to perform basic search and rescue, provided triage to survivors, simulate fire suppression, and deploy cribbing to free a trapped survivor. The class found all victims and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class which starts in May? Then checkout our training page on our website for more details.

AAACERT Makes FEMA News

AAACERT is proud to have been recognized in the FEMA CERT/ICPS newsletter for April 2022. Our work last year at the Russett Community Cleanup Day for Earth Day was our first but not our last event with the Russett Community. We’ll continue again this year and expand to help with other events the community has planned.

A special thanks to Rick and Anne for helping last year and for signing up to help this year.

You can read the full story on FEMA’s site by clicking THIS LINK.

Congrats, TEEN CERT Basic Class of March 2022!

 

Teen CERT Basic Calss of 2022 March

Congratulations to the March 2022 Teen CERT Basic training class from Glen Burnie High School, Meade High School, and Severn School. Each class participated in CERT training at their schools before coming together for the final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  The class performed extremely well despite not knowing each other. Strong winds did not deter the class as they found all survivors and treated them according to the type of injuries they had. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class, checkout our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

AAACERT Visits AACo PD Aviation Unit

 

AACo PD Aviation and AAACERT Members

AAACERT members were invited to visit the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Aviation Unit. AA Co PD officers explainedthe equipment and ability of the Bell 407GXi helicopter among other items. This equipment helps police officers cover more ground and faster than ground-based officers. Visits like these are just part of the perks volunteer members of AAACERT can experience during our monthly trainings. Click HERE to learn more and sign up for our next CERT Basic class.

Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT is an all-volunteer non-profit. As volunteers, we rely on donations to continue our efforts. Please consider a donation so we can continue supporting communities around Anne Arundel County. It’s easy to provide support through PayPal and/or by signing up for Amazon Smile.

Helping Our Neighboring Counties

Lining up vehicles for smooth operations

AAACERT doesn’t just help around Anne Arundel County. In January, PG Co requested support through AA Co OEM for traffic control at the UM Laurel Hospital Center. COVID-19 testing had begun and the turnout was fantastic. Members of AAACERT happily provided traffic trained members over the course of a few days while the MD National Guard organized their troops.

Traffic Control is just one of the many skills you can learn when you are a member of AAACERT. Click HERE to learn more and sign up for our next CERT Basic class.

Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT is an all-volunteer non-profit. As volunteers, we rely on donations to continue our efforts. Please consider a donation so we can continue supporting communities around Anne Arundel County. It’s easy to provide support through PayPal and/or by signing up for Amazon Smile.

Still Lending a Helping Hand

Traffic lines up for food

Volunteer members of AAACERT continues supporting food distributions around the county. Here, AAACERT helps to organize vehicles at Quarterfield Elementary a few days prior to Thanksgiving.

Traffic Control is just one of the many skills you can learn when you are a member of AAACERT. Click HERE to learn more and sign up for our next CERT Basic class.

Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT is an all-volunteer non-profit. As volunteers, we rely on donations to continue our efforts. Please consider a donation so we can continue supporting communities around Anne Arundel County. It’s easy to provide support through PayPal and/or by signing up for Amazon Smile.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of October 2021!

CERT Basic Simulation Class of October 2021

 

Congratulations to the October 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having only seven participants instead of the usual 20-plus. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events. 

Interested in taking part in our next class, checkout our website for more details. https://www.aaacert.org

Linthicum Fall Fair 2021

AAACERT booth
AAACERT members stand ready to answer questions about CERT and the role AAACERT plays in the Anne Arundel County community.

Parade participant on antique tractor.
A parade participant drives an antique tractor.

We want to thank everyone who visited our booth at this year’s Linthicum Fair. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the turnout was fantastic. We look forward to the next community-based event where we can say hello and introduce you to CERT and our organization, Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT.

Check out our website for more details and links to our social media pages. www.aaacert.org

2021 Russett Community Fall Festival

Island being decorated with fall themed props.
Community Association members setting up welcome and picture stations with fall-themed props.

The 2021 Russett Community’s Fall Festival had over 90 vendor tables. This year AAACERT was honored to be asked to help direct vendor traffic into their assigned spots while keeping pedestrians safe from vehicle traffic. We look forward to helping next year and with many other events planned at Russett.

AAACERT team memembers
AAACERT members (from left) Brett Wagner, Brandon Gosnell, and Heather Pierce helped to keep traffic flowing and pedestrians safe during the event.

If your community or organization holds similar events and would like trained, professional traffic, crowed, and/or basic first aid support from our volunteer organization please reach out to certcoordinator@aaacert.org.

Vehicles and tents being setup.
Looking down the parking lot at vendors setting up.

National Night Out 2021, Thank You

AAACERT Tent at NNO 2021
Members of AAACERT relax before the public begins to show up for National Night Out 2021.

We would like to thank everyone that visited our tent during the 2021 National Night Out event held at the Earleigh Heights VFC. The sun stayed away and the wind kept things at a very nice temperature after days of 90 plus degrees.

Helping people at NNO 2021
AAACERT members explain the history and purpose of the CERT program.

We provided disaster preparedness material to visitors including flash cards with checklists of items to have on hand during a disaster such as a violent storms like tornados, hurricanes, or major wind. 

If you visited our tent and signed our training email list, you also entered into our

giveaway for a one of two preparedness kits. Congrats to the winners.

AAC OEM tent
We also want to thank AAC OEM. Often our tent neighbors at events it is always nice to see you, too! 

ITS BACK! Fall 2021 CERT Basic Class

Our CERT Basic class for Fall 2021 is now open. This will be a full class! The CERT Basic class is approximately 24 hours of instruction in basic disaster skills over 4 days.

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. Medical or EMT experience is not required.

For dates and times including a link to sign up, please visit the training page on our website at www.aaacert.org/cert-basic-training

PRE-REQUISITES:
Two, online, FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of CERT Basic training. These courses are free (note:  you will be required to get a Student ID (SID) which also is free). The courses are listed as 3 hours each in duration but, on the average, students complete them in a little more than half that time. Details can be found at the link above.

We look forward to having you!

Be Prepared. Have a Plan.

Annapolis City July 4th Parade

Members of AAACERT march with other participants in the City of Annapolis’ July 4th parade.

This year not only was Anne Arundel Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAACERT) honored to be parade marshals for the City of Annapolis’ July 4th parade, but we also marched along with all the other great participants. This was the first parade where AAACERT had a group march within the parade.

Parade marshal is one of many unique skills you can train in if you are a member of AAACERT. The responsibilities are numerous including performing safety checks for all vehicles registered in the parade; knowing each of the rules and safety guidelines, many of which are unique to the location and sponsor city; and walking along with the parade and your assigned group keeping a watchful eye out for any issues or safety concerns that may impact the parade or the people watching. It’s a long day but very fulfilling not to mention fun as you walk the path with the parade.

Interested in know what else you can do as a member of AAACERT? Check out our website for more information and links to our social media sites. www.aaacert.org

AAACERT parade marshals gather for the early morning briefing. The parade may start at 1030, but the parade marshals must be ready to start lining up participates a few hours before that.

AAACERT parade marshals are briefed on parade guidelines, receive their first aid gear, and team up before they begin lining up and checking parade participants and their vehicles.

An original WWII Jeep Willy is staged for the parade. The vehicle’s safety systems have been checked and a AAACERT parade marshal has briefed the driver on safety guidelines for the parade.

A look back towards the end of the parade as thousands of people line the streets watching the festivities. Parade marshals must constantly scan the street for people trying to run across to the other side.

A look up towards the front of the parade. Parade marshals must constantly scan the sidewalks for people attempting to run out and pick up a souvenir a parade participant may have dropped. This is one of the most dangerous things that can happen during a parade.

Ferndale Festival 2021

We want to thank everyone who visited our booth at this years Ferndale Festival. It was a hot day but the turnout was fantastic. We look forward to the next community based event where we can say hello and introduce you to CERT and our organization, Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT.

Checkout our website for more details and links to our social media pages. www.aaacert.org

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of May 2021!

 

Congratulations to the May 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having almost half the normal number of participants. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes are limited and fill fast. Interested? Please visit www.aaacert.org.

Dumpster To The Left, Please Watch For Pedestrians

Russett Community Cleanup Day Spring 2021
From Left: AAACERT Member Rick Cooper, AACo Exec Steuart Pittman, AAACERT Member Anne Coooper, and AAACERT Member Brandon Gosnell.

Members of AAACERT where happy to assist the Russett Community Association by directing traffic to the community dumpster during the Russett Community Cleanup Day. The dumpster was located in the back of the community center parking lot with lots of community volunteers walking around picking up trash. AAACERT members posted at three locations to help direct cars and people.

Not everyone was there for cleanup day. Some needed to visit the library while others simply wanted to play some tennis. Our presence helps to free up association members and volunteers so they can focus on the event. AAACERT members are specially trained to manage traffic and pedestrians.

We look forward to helping helping with many more community events as organizations and communities begin to open up from COVID lockdowns.

Interested in volunteering or need similar help with your community event? Visit our WEBSITE to find out more.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of March 2021!

 

Congratulations to the March 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having almost half the normal number of participants. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes are limited and fill fast. Interested? Please visit www.aaacert.org.

Please Continue Turning Left

AAACERT President Bruce Morgenstern and Coordinator Joe Dorffner watch an active member of AAACERT practice traffic control.

Do they see me? Did they hear my command to stop? You should never assume the answer to these questions is YES. One of the more common tasks members of AAACERT participate in is traffic control. A group of AAACERT members underwent training on April 11, 2021, at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. President Bruce Morgenstern and Coordinator Joe Dorffner served as instructors. Before the practical exercise, members attended a 1-hour virtual class. Traffic control is just one of many volunteer opportunities available to AAACERT members during every season each year. To find out more visit www.aaacert.org.

2021 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Please join AAACERT in thanking these dedicated men and women.

A message from Captain Erik Konmeyer
Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Fire Communications

AACFD logoThe Anne Arundel County Fire Department is celebrating the second full week of April (April 11-17, 2021) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.

Twenty-eight Fire Communications Operators (FCO) and eight lieutenants staff Fire Alarm on a 24/72 shift schedule. Eleven newly hired FCOs and four lieutenants were trained in 2020 to make this staffing model a reality for years to come. This 24/72 schedule, started in January, 2020, has improved morale, and improved efficiency by creating continuity between field and personnel members. FCOs receive more than 1,000 hours of initial training, including certification in Emergency Medical Dispatch, and Emergency Fire Dispatch.

These calm voices on the 911 telephones and on the radio waves quite often go unnoticed, but the Anne Arundel County Fire Department consider the members of Fire Alarm to be the “Golden Glue that holds it all together” for our Department. If anyone from your organization is interested in recognizing the members of our Communications Center in any way during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, please contact Captain Erik Kornmeyer at ErikKornmeyer@aacounty.org. Letters of thanks can be mailed to the following address:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Fire Communications
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

April is Flood Awareness Month

AAC OEM Disaster Dispatch Spring 2021

AAACERT is happy to share the following Spring 2021 Disaster Dispatch from the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management quarterly Newsletter.

In this issue you will find information about Flood Awareness including tools to see your community’s risk, a message from Director Preeti Emrick, Financial Emergency Preparedness tools, and a number of important contacts at the Office of Emergency Management.

Please click the link below to see the PDF of the Newsletter.

https://docs.aaacert.org/s/xpNJoeBAafHcoqA