(Photo courtesy SFFD NERT)

Start off 2017 with neighborhood emergency response training

A resolution that should be on all of our lists in 2017 is “be prepared,” and in San Francisco, there’s a great way to cross that goal off before the end of the first quarter. San Francisco Fire Department will be hosting a number of NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Training) sessions across The City in January and February, helping residents accrue knowledge and skills they can use in the face of earthquakes, fires and other disasters.

The 20-hour NERT training program is rigorous, but well-tested. For years emergency response teams in San Francisco have been educating residents to be slightly more self-sufficient in case of, say, an earthquake of Loma Prieta proportions. Students are trained in the use of fire extinguishers and utility shut-offs, search and rescue, emergency medical aid, and community organizing.

When The City’s emergency response teams are overloaded, such as in the case of a massive earthquake, NERT trainees will be able to offer on-the-ground expertise to immediately assist those in their neighborhood.

Upcoming classes in early 2017 are being held in the following neighborhoods:

South Beach

Classes for South Beach residents will take place at SFFD’s Headquarters at 698 Second Street, in the Commission Room. Classes will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7 and 14. Interested parties can register here.

Hayes Valley

NERT training for Hayes Valley will be held at the African American Arts & Culture Complex at 762 Fulton St. Sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 23.

Tenderloin

Tenderloin neighborhood training will be held at TNDC KCC Building at 220 Golden Gate Ave. in the Theater Room. The class schedule will be compacted to take place on three days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on Jan. 12, 19 and 26.

Sunnyside

Sunnyside classes will take place at St. Finn Barr at 415 Edna St. from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 23, March 2, 16, 23 and 30.

Class session one will address earthquake awareness and hazard mitigation. Class two will cover basic disaster skills, use of fire extinguishers, utilities shut-offs and terrorism awareness. In class three students will study disaster medicine. Class four will be designated for search and rescue skills, class five will focus on team organization and management, and class six will review all of the above.

If you’re interested in NERT but your neighborhood is not listed above, stay tuned: more sessions will be announced on the NERT website as they are created. And if you’ve been waiting a while and want to host one, contact SFNERT at sffdnert@sfgov.org.disasterEarthquakefireneighborhoodNERTSFFD

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