Pasadena Emergency Response Team is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. The goal of PERT training is to help citizens do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
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Southern California has experienced some of the most significant disasters in the history of our country during the past few years. The Northridge Earthquake, Firestorms, and Floods have each had a severe impact on emergency response capabilities. We must be prepared to deal with emergency situations and to provide for ourselves until professional assistance is available.
The goal of the Pasadena Fire Department is to respond to emergencies within 5 minutes. PERT. is a neighborhood program designed to prepare you to respond if we can't. We recognize the high level of commitment each person will be making to complete this program. We acknowledge your contribution and success with a Certificate of Completion and an official PERT. safety hat.
This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not immediately available. You will want to help. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim. This training is especially suited for neighborhood groups, community organizations or like minded individuals. A minimum group size of 20 participants is required to schedule Module 1, a participant roster will be required in advance. After completing Module 1 additional modules can then be scheduled by individual participants or as a group.
For information on scheduling the PERT program, please contact:
The Pasadena Fire Department 199 S. Los Robles Ave., Suite 550Pasadena, California, 91101 (626) 744-7276
This module will be taught in your neighborhood by our Emergency Managment Coordination. She will teach you what to do before, during and after an earthquake. You will learn about forming a neighborhood team to respond to emergencies when local assistance is not available. You will learn about disaster psychology; what to expect following an event. Additionally you will be given information about the three "hands on" modules. Your neighborhood Firefighters will be on hand to assist with the training. Training will be scheduled on weekday evenings. The first module contains safety information and is a prerequisite for the other modules.
The Disaster Medical Module will be taught throughout the year by our Paramedics. It will include training on treatment strategies for life threatening injuries; the principles of triage; head to toe patient assessment; techniques for moving patients and public health concerns. It will include "hands on" training as well as classroom instruction.
This module will be taught throughout the year by Pasadena Firefighters. It will include information about fire chemistry and hazardous materials. You will learn how to evaluate fires, assess firefighting resources, and determine a course of action. It will include "hands on" training with portable fire extinguishers and small hose lines, as well as training on utility control, that is, shutting off water, natural gas, and electrical services safely.
The Search & Rescue Module will be taught throughout the year by Firefighters who are specially trained in Urban Search and Rescue. Students will learn search & rescue planning; techniques for situation size-up and systematic search. Safe techniques for lifting, leveraging, cribbing and victim removal. This "hands on" training module will include identifying construction related hazards.