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City Of Berkeley Fire Department. Sam Hoffman. CERT Community Emergency Response Teams. Overview. In the event of a major disaster city resources may become overwhelmed. It will become important for trained individuals to assist city services with the needs of the community.

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City Of Berkeley Fire Department

Sam Hoffman


Community Emergency Response Teams

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  • In the event of a major disaster city resources may become overwhelmed.

  • It will become important for trained individuals to assist city services with the needs of the community.

  • Since 1990 over 3000 citizens, employees and students have received training in emergency preparedness.

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Features & Benefits

  • The Berkeley Fire Dept. offers several classes to assist and train the citizen.

  • This will help individuals cope with situations not normally encountered by the lay-person.

  • Being able to “act” vs. “react” will make the trained person an asset.

  • This will allow the professional rescuers to concentrate on the “BIG PROBLEMS”

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Classes offered

  • Neighborhood Organization

  • Basic Personal Preparedness

  • Earthquake Retrofitting

  • Shelter Operations

  • Disaster Mental Health

  • Disaster First Aid

  • Light Search and Rescue

  • Fire Suppression-I

  • Response to Terrorism

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  • Attending these classes will give you the tools to manage and help your family, house, friends, neighborhood and workplace.

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  • Neighborhoods organize for many reasons. People may want to request city services,

  • such as a traffic light or a response to an increase in crime in their area, or they may

  • want to get together for a summer potluck. The primary concern of Berkeley's Office of

  • Emergency Services (OES) is to have neighborhoods organized to function as a group,

  • independent of any outside help, for at least three days following a major disaster and to

  • continue to support one another during the extended recovery period. We want to give you

  • as much information about neighborhood organization as possible. We hope that you will

  • use it, make maps, develop telephone trees and build a friendly neighborhood.

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Neighborhood Organization

This section is organized into three parts.

The first is general information about organizing your neighborhood and some ideas about how to keep your group going.

The second explains the tasks and skills neighbors need to respond to a disaster.

The last part presents ideas on how to organize after a disaster.

You are encouraged to take notes and keep this as a reference. We hope the

appendices will be useful to you. Please share your ideas and experiences with us so we can

continue to improve the handbook.

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Basic Personal Preparedness

  • Gives you the knowledge to prepare yourself and your family and home.

  • What supplies you should have

  • How to survive for up to 5 days without city services

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Earthquake Retrofitting

  • How to make your house safer

  • Taught by trained earthquake construction specialists

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Shelter Operations

  • This class offered and taught by American Red Cross disaster workers show you ways to handle living and surviving inside your home when the environment outside may not be safe. By sealing up doors, windows and areas that toxics might enter through. Also tips on storing and maintaining supplies.

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Disaster Mental Health

  • Helps you to cope with the event

    • How you might feel

      • Fear

      • Anger

      • Apathy

      • Loss of appetite

    • Things you may see or exposed to

      • Loss of life

      • Loss of Property

      • Dealing with the emotions of others

    • How to respond to what your feeling

      • Healing

      • Therapy

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Disaster First Aid

  • Identify immediate life threatening injuries

  • Modified form of first aid

  • START triage

  • Bandaging and Splinting techniques

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Disaster First Aid

  • RPM drill

    • Respirations

      • < 30 or >30

    • Perfusion

      • < or > then 2 sec.

    • Mental Status

      • Alert or not?

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Light Search and Rescue

  • The majority of rescues can be preformed by basic trained personal.

  • Proper carrying methods to move victims

  • Conducting a systematic pattern search

  • Utilizing lever and fulcrum

  • Basic cribbing technique

  • Ability to distinguish between types of structural damage

    • Light, Medium or Heavy

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Fire Suppression -I

  • Basic Fire Science

    • What is fire

    • How it spreads

    • How we put it out

  • Fire prevention

    • Making out house fire safe

  • Familiarization of Fire fighting equipment

    • Hydrants, hoses and fittings

  • Fire extinguisher drill

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  • The more classes you have the better prepared you’ll be.

  • Important component of qualifying for future caches that may be distributed.

  • Ability to maximize use of the contents of caches.

  • Classes given weekly

    • Can be found on COB web site