New Basic CERT Class Completes Instruction

A group of safety vested and helmeted individuals stands with police officer and other instructors in front of the fire training academy tower.

Congratulations to the October 2020 Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class. The class underwent its training and final exercise in October 2020 at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, Md. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, class sizes are limited and fill fast. Interested? Please visit

Basic CERT Class – Late Spring 2019

On Saturday, June 8, 20 community members completed the Late Spring iteration of the Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  The three-day course included classroom training and practical exercises, and culminated in a full mass-casualty exercise. One week prior, the students participated in a triage exercise, coming face to face with AAACERT members simulating injuries after a storm hit a classroom.  They quickly learned the value of the simulation, as they had to deal with patients who had been instructed by evaluators to be uncooperative. In the June 8 exercise, the students were met with an entire compound full of simulated injuries; the victims in this drill were wearing moulage, courtesy of Kim Reyes, to […]

AAACERT Basic CERT, Class 2018-02 Graduation

AAACERT Instructors awarded Certificates of Completion for the Basic CERT class to thirteen individuals on Saturday, 09 June. The graduating Basic CERT class received instruction in disasters, incident command structure, disaster medical operations, use of fire extinguishers, psychological aspects of disasters, search and rescue and other topics intended to teach the students what to do in case of a disaster or other emergency.   Volunteer victims were moulaged, made up to appear to have injuries, as part of the classes final disaster drill. The volunteers then were spread about the area hidden in various locations and the class members were required to find, triage (sort the victims according to their injuries) and move them to a […]

AAACERT Basic CERT class, June 2018

AAACERT Late Spring Basic CERT underway at the Anne Arundel Fire Department (AAFD) Academy in Millersville. This is the second of three class that will be held in 2018. Basic CERT classes are approximately 21 hours and students learn the essentials of emergency preparedness to assist in disasters and emergencies. Learning about fire and how to extinguish small fires is part of the Basic CERT class. Bowie VFD graciously taught class members using their Mobile Learning Lab. The mobile lab allows trainees to train using environmentally safe materials. The simulator uses propane to create the fire. Water is sprayed into a specially designed fire container and when properly applied the fire is extinguished. AAACERT would like to acknowledge […]