The San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood Emergency Response Team will begin offering free training courses in Spanish starting September 29, 2020, on how to prepare and act in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake.  

The Zoom-only classes will be taught by members of the community and are similar to the six-week course the Fire Department offers four times a year in English. We wrote about that course here.

The courses are designed to prepare communities for natural disasters using a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach.     

The in-person training normally 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. 

By Zoom, the training will focus on such topics as family reunification, emotional support in disasters and bleeding control and bandaging. 

The idea for the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, known as NERT, was formed after the earthquake in 1990 as a way to train community members in personal preparedness and prevention. 

To reserve your space, email or call 415-558-3459 x2.

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  1. Campers,

    Last Chief hated NERT.

    She also lowered the standards for personnel responding to medical emergencies.

    Moved ambulances out of station houses and replace them with what she called:

    “dynamic patrols”

    That means they were no longer firefighter/paramedics.

    Now (?) they are roving EMT’s.

    Hired from private services.

    Go Giants!


    1. Mr. Brown,
      I was surprised to read your assertion that the last Chief of Department, Joanne Hayes White hated NERT. What is that assertion based on?

      The ambulances were moved out of the firehouses, close to 14 years ago. The firefighter/paramedics were placed on fire engines. The ambulances are “dynamically deployed”, that is, positioned around the city and moved frequently to provide best coverage as calls occur. The personnel in the ambulances range in seniority from decades to recent hires. To be hired one does have to have prior experience. The personnel are both EMT’s and paramedics. Some ambulances are 1 EMT and 1 paramedic and some are both paramedics.

      Go Niners.

      1. Jiro,

        Hope I’m wrong.

        Hayes-White was also last to send teams to wildfires.

        Mutual Aid?

        Used to jog the waterfront and it was not unusual to see 3 ambulances parked alongside one another.

        On ‘dynamic patrol’?

        She refused to carry plug adapters for out of town help to hook to our AWS.

        “We’ll give them some at the Rendezvous point.”

        When we actually did send aid to Santa Rosa, the Rendezvous point was already burned to the ground.

        This new chief has all of my support.

        She’s a real firefighter with scars to prove it.

        Hayes-White was a buggy driver with political connections.

        As you guessed, I was a firefighter from ’71 to ’76.

        Webster Groves, Missouri.

        Fought the Military Records Center fire in Overland Park?

        Again, I like this new chief.

        Go Giants!


  2. Hello Folks at Mission Local,

    I have a publication that is delivered to homes in Silicon Valley and I would like to include/share some of your stories …?

    Say, the Firefighters offering Disaster Preparedness Training in Spanish!!

    Please someone reach out to me about this possibility.

    It is a Black Woman-Owned publication — The Bay Area Review

    Brigitte Jones

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