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Portland Neighborhood Emergency Training - Spring 2013

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by ocarolan, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hey folks,

    I see a few spots are still available in the free NET training in March. This could be a good chance to meet and organize with your preparedness-minded neighbors.


    NETs are residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. Members receive basic training (Community Emergency Response Team) on how to save lives and property until the professionals can arrive. They have the skills to help their neighbors without getting hurt themselves. NET members are:

    1. Prepared for self-sufficiency for no less than five days in any emergency.
    2. Able to provide emergency assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
    3. Able to work as an emergency response team to save lives and property in their neighborhood in the event of a major disaster.
    4. Able to guide untrained volunteers who want to help others when disaster strikes.

    The City offers the NET training at no cost to people who live or work in Portland and is committed to training and organizing a team in each of the city’s 95 neighborhoods. Over 1,000 citizens have already completed the training and teams have been started within the 30 PF&R Fire Management Areas (FMA) and in 90 Portland neighborhoods.

    PBEM offers the free basic NET training during the fall and spring of a calendar year. Fall semester runs from mid September into early November and the spring semester runs from mid March into early May. There is usually both a Wednesday night and Saturday morning class session per fall and spring semester, depending upon the number of registrants per class session. Passing the Final Field Exercise (FFE) is required.


    NETs | The City of Portland, Oregon
     
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  2. Thebastidge

    Thebastidge 10411 NE Fourth Plain Blvd Vancouver WA 98662 Well-Known Member

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    I'll share this around, thanks.
     
  3. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Update: Portland may offer a condensed class in February. This may be a good option if you have time conflicts with the original class:


    You should also know that I may have an additional Basic NET class in February that will take place over three Saturdays. So, instead of going to seven three-hour classroom sessions and a Final Field Exercise (as you would for the Spring or Fall training), all 24 hours of training will be covered in three intensive days.
     
  4. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    Sounds like a good thing but this part is a sticking point with me and I won't participate because of it.

     
  5. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That's definitely a sticking point. Could you call the organizer and determine the background for that rule? Seems like it may prohibit CHL holders from the training.

    Jeremy Van Keuren
    NET Program Specialist
    Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
    d: (503) 823-4421 | c: (503) 969-4701
    jeremy.vankeuren at portlandoregon.gov

    Also, from what I understand an "activation" would occur during an emergency or civil unrest. That's exactly when you'd want to arm yourself for protection.
     
  6. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    The Shortwave radio operators group has the same rule. Unfortunate because it rules out many potential participants.
     
  7. bentbronco

    bentbronco pdx New Member

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    Id be interested if we could find a trainer for a group that we would fit in.
    Before my CHL I was trained in Clark county. Its something I found of interest.