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By Erica Arteseros, SFFD NERT Training Program Coordinator
April 9, 2010

Are you a NERT? Director of Preparedness at the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Emily White, is! White just began a six-week Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training course in the Mission district of San Francisco and encourages everyone to join the fun.

NERT is a free, community based training program dedicated to a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.

Anyone can be a NERT volunteer. The NERT volunteer is anyone who is active and involved in the community – or wants to be. NERT teams are best formed in neighborhoods through a partnership with existing community groups such as a Neighborhood Watch program, Rotary Club, business group, faith based group or homeowners association. Together with their neighbors, team members and coworkers, a NERT networks is born within the community, which then teams with the San Francisco Fire Department.

NERT connects volunteers with a network of fellow volunteers all working together for a common cause. NERT members are not shelter workers; they are trained citizen first-responders who can help save lives.

The NERT training program is a 20 hour comprehensive program consisting of six class sessions. These sessions are offered in a variety of scheduling options. The training instructors are professional firefighters. There is no cost for our neighborhood training classes.

Explore the website for a complete course outline, current schedule, and additional information. Participants are welcome to register for any neighborhood class. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out how you, your group or your business can get involved, please contact the NERT office at sffdnert@sfgov.org or (415) 970-2022. Visit our website at http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=875.

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