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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Feb 20

Newport News Seeks Volunteers for Community Emergency Response Teams

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:31 AM by Communications Department

Classes begin in March

2-20 cert logoThe Newport News Division of Emergency Management is now accepting applications for the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team course. New this year with this award-winning program is the opportunity to learn basic first responder skills in a blended learning environment.  Students will complete online prerequisite modules at their convenience which will qualify them to continue their training with the pros in an immersive and hands-on environment over several weeks. The City of Newport News is the first jurisdiction to use this innovative approach that reduces the amount of time students spend listening to lectures and increases learning core capabilities through skills assessments, drills, and simulated emergency scenarios. 
The online portion of the class will begin on March 1, and students will have until March 12 to complete the eLearning. Upon successful completion of the online course, students will attend classes each Thursday for five weeks, beginning March 15 from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at South Morrison Family Education Center located at 746 Adams Drive, Newport News. Class topics include fire suppression, medical operations, search & triage, transports, etc. and include both lectures and drills. The class culminates with an exercise on April 14, and 100% attendance is required. 
To download an application, follow this link CERT Application. Applications must be completed electronically, signed, and submitted to Dana Perry at or by mail to: Dana Perry, South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive, Newport News, VA 23601. Class size is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit the CERT website for more information.