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September 14, 2010 > Milpitas Fire Department offers disaster preparedness

Milpitas Fire Department offers disaster preparedness

By Meenu Gupta

Since the year 2000 Milpitas Fire Department offers Strategic Actions for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.), a community emergency response team program to provide community awareness on how to be prepared for an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes. This is a free emergency preparedness program that teaches emergency preparedness, basic firefighting, neighborhood search and basic First-Aid skills, neighborhood damage assessment, working as a team, home fire escape planning and basic rescue techniques. The course is designed to provide a series of classroom instructional and hands on training in which people usually learn to use a fire extinguisher, shut off gas, First Aid and some CPR. The program aims to train individuals to initiate mitigation activities before or immediately following an emergency.

Training will be provided in seven two and half hour weekday evening classes and a Saturday morning course review and disaster simulation. The next seven class series begins on Thursday, September 23, at Fire Station 1. The program consists of classroom and practical training for neighborhood groups consisting of 12 to 20 people, and the Milpitas Fire personnel will provide an evening classroom training session. For further information about S.A.F.E and to enroll, call (408) 586-2810 or visit

S.A.F.E. TEAM Citizen Emergency Response Training
Thursdays, September 23 - November 4
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Course Review & Disaster Simulation
Saturday, November 6
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fire Station #1, 777 South Main Street (Corner of Main and Curtis)
(408) 586-2810

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