The mission of the
University CERT program is to work in partnership with the university’s
Safety Department and the university community to produce a pool of
personnel—faculty, staff and students—trained in disaster
preparedness and response to provide leadership and coordination during an
emergency, as critical support to professional responders and for immediate
assistance to victims as first responders. George Mason CERT members also assist
with non-emergency projects to provide information and a safe environment for the
The official beginning of the George Mason University CERT was March 20, 2004 when 11 members of the university completed their training. This included two students, one faculty member, and eight staff members. Additional personnel from the university completed the CERT training in December 2004, May 2005, and December 2005. The George Mason CERT became the first university team to have an article published in The Connection on-line newsletter in the Summer 2004 issue.
Training for CERT—provided by the Fairfax County and Prince William County Fire and Rescue Departments—includes basic life support techniques, such as performing CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), recognition of types of hazardous materials, and how to treat various life-threatening emergencies. The team also learns to perform fire safety analysis and suppression and light search and rescue.