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Pasadena Fire Department to Hold Lessons on Hands-On Emergency Response

Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | 5:09 pm
Battalion Chief Dan Rosetti talks to the CERT class about their value to the Fire Dept. and disaster preparedness. Photography by Pasadena Fire Department

Pasadena Fire Department will hold on Saturday, August 10 at 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. its final day of the CERT 24-hour course which teaches more than 25 Pasadena residents and City employees emergency response.

Dudley Rainey, CERT instructor, teaching a group of Pasadena students how to be prepared when disaster strikes. Photography by Pasadena Fire Department

“Disasters can strike at any time. In a disaster, traditional “911” and First Responder capabilities such as fire, police, paramedics, and utility personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist individuals,” the Department said in a press release.

“It is important for the community to assist their neighbors and first responders in their community. Preparing individuals and residents is vital in community preparedness and resiliency,” the statement added.

Pasadena Fire Urban Search and Rescue Team has been teaching the participants through practical and hands-on exercises how to perform several tasks needed in emergencies. The program aims to teach the residents how to self-activate when their own neighborhood is affected by disaster through damage assessment, fire-fighting small fires, light search and rescue, data collection, triage and first aid.

The training will be held in Fire Station 33 at 515 N. Lake Ave. The entrance will be from the Villa Street side.

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