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Additional Training Opportunities
The CORE program continues to evolve based on new developments in the field of emergency preparedness and response, advances in technology and the changing needs of Oakland residents. The CORE program reinforces basic emergency preparedness and response knowledge and skills through refresher and advanced classes, table top exercises and neighborhood drills. Currently additional training includes:
The CORE Refresher is designed to ensure that CORE-trained citizens retain, enhance and practice basic emergency response skills. The CORE Refresher provides:
- a review of basic emergency preparedness and response principles
- an opportunity for citizens to demonstrate, refresh and practice beginning response tactics, such as using a fire extinguisher, conducting a systematic search, splinting a limb
- an update to your CORE ID badge and Disaster Services Worker form
The CORE Refresher includes a written quiz and skills stations at which individuals will demonstrate the selected skills. It may be combined with other advanced training workshops to provide an in-depth review of CORE subject matter. Individuals who completed CORE training more than two years ago are encouraged to register for the next CORE Refresher.
Disaster First Aid
In a large-scale emergency with mass casualties, the goal is to do the greatest good for the greatest number. Learn S.T.A.R.T. - Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment and how to:
- Recognize and treat life threatening conditions
- Conduct head-to-toe assessments
- Practice safe lifts and carries
- Prioritize and treat common injuries
- Set up a First Aid Station and assign tasks
- Handle hygiene, sanitation and other public health concerns
Managing Your Neighborhood Command Center Operations Effectively
Review and practice the functions of the Neighborhood Incident Commander. Develop skills to manage a neighborhood command center, dispatch response teams and prioritize information to make sound decisions under emergency conditions. Role-play position of Neighborhood Incident Commander, Deputy Commander, and Scribe with different scenarios.
Neighborhood Emergency Communications
Learn two-way radio operations and protocol. Practice two-way radio communications during simulated emergency conditions. Learn how to set-up a neighborhood emergency communications network, linked to ham radio operators and neighborhood fire stations.
Organizing a Neighborhood Exercise
Review basic principles of community organizing. Learn how to conduct tabletop exercises. Learn how to plan, implement and evaluate a neighborhood exercise. Learn to work with neighbors to create a realistic scenario with incidents, gather helpful resources, publicize the exercise and ensure participation. Review set up of a command center, role of emergency response teams and documentation of incidents. Utilize guidelines from the "new" Neighborhood Exercise Packet.
Managing Stress During Emergencies
Review symptoms of disaster-related stress. Learn principles of Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing. Practice providing "psychological first aid" and become more comfortable handling communication appropriately in a stressful emergency situation. Learn how to promote response team well-being before, during and after an emergency incident.
These workshops are conducted using a lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice format. They are offered once per year or in response to popular demand, at the Fire Department Office of Emergency Services, Oakland Fire Training Center or other suitable neighborhood facility.
Advance Registration is required.