Register for Community Emergency Response Team Training

This is a news release from the Alexandria Fire Department, published verbatim.

Community Emergency Response Team Training

Cert altRegister for Community Emergency Response Team training. Classes will take place each Thursday night (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) beginning October 10 through November 21 (except October 31, Halloween), plus the practical exercises and graduation on Saturday, November 23 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.). You must attend all sessions. Registration to participate is open through Wednesday, October 2.

The program is open to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. Please register using the following link: Alexandria CERT Registration. Classes will take place at the Sheriff’s Public Safety Center 2003 Mill Road, EOC Room 3200 Alexandria, VA 22314 (unless otherwise noted). For specific questions, please contact Ray Whatley at or 703.746.5266.

Registrants will receive additional information on Friday, October 4. Participants are required to attend all classes and the final exercises in order to graduate.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail or call 703.746.5266.

General Information

Join with other concerned members of the Alexandria community to learn how to increase your neighborhood’s disaster readiness and support the first responders who serve your neighborhood. Learn how to assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires, perform light search and rescue, triage and provide first aid, and provide much needed assistance in times of crisis.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains community members to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in Alexandria.

When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also participate in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

I want to help! What do I need to do?

Attend the CERT training course to become a Team Member. You will learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community for a disaster. Become familiar with tools to help you organize after a disaster and how to conduct triage and provide basic first aid. Learn to assess damage after the disaster, extinguish a small fire, conduct searches and rescue victims safely, and complete a small-scale disaster simulation.

I want to find out more!

The next basic CERT course will be offered in fall 2019. For more information about CERT training, call or email Ray Whatley at 703.746.5266 or