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Amateur Radio License Training

During the most recent wildfires in California the only reliable means of communication was still via amateur radio. You can take the technician class and get your entry level license to get on the air. Classes are available starting in January through two of our local clubs.
house on fire

Thank You CERT!

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District says THANK YOU for our help this year.
a big pile of bags with donations

Contra Costa Voluntary Orgs Active in Disasters (VOAD)

MartinezCERT volunteers were among a diverse community of organizations that attended a workshop on October 23 about the Contra Costa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD, pronounced VO-ad), one of several county and area VOADs in California. We share some of our meeting notes.
High Risk Fire Areas in Martinez (Google Earth)

Fighting Wildfires

Over the summer, several CERT teams have taken tours of potential wildfire trouble spots in a project with the Contra Costa County Fire Prevention District. This fascinating video explains how a wildfire is managed. We're all hoping we won't see this problem in our fair county anytime soon.
Our instructors: Ron, Bonnie and Arnie

Stop the Bleed Update

Our Stop the Bleed training went very well! Ron Shuman, our main instructor, was pleased at how engaged we were with our questions and our hands-on work.

CERT Mini-Training en EspaƱol

CERT offers an abbreviated training in Spanish, Preparacion Para Desastres Y Emergencias, called Listos. It's a basic emergency and disaster readiness public education program for Spanish-speaking populations with a grass-roots approach.

Stop the Bleed Workshop

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone is injured.

Notes from May 10 Meeting

We had a very brief presentation/reminder about food safety and water resources. Links are included for more information.

Weed Abatement Training

We learned about weed abatement standards in preparation for our nature walks throughout this fire season.