For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Khin Chin, Berkeley Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services, (510) 981-5605

FREE EMERGENCY TRAINING

Berkeley, California (Thursday, February 26, 2009) - Do you know how to take care of yourself and your family in an emergency?  Do you know first aid, search and rescue techniques and how to suppress a fire?  Find out at one or more of the free classes offered by Berkeley's Office of Emergency Services. Classes are free and open to those who live or work in Berkeley and are 18 or older. 

You'll get hands-on experience in putting on a splint, extinguishing a fire, using a fire hose, safely lifting a concrete block and much more.  All classes are held at 997 Cedar Street, in the training center next to Fire Station 6.

For instructions on how to sign up for classes visit the Office of Emergency Services/Disaster Preparedness link at www.CityofBerkeley.info/fire or call 510-981-5605.

The schedule of classes for March through May 2009 is as follows:

March 21- 9am-12pm  Fire Suppression

March 21 - 1pm-4pm  Basic Personal Preparedness

March 28  - 9am-12pm  Disaster First Aid

April 4 - 9am-1pm  Light Search and Rescue 

April 11 - 9am-12pm   Fire Suppression 

April 11- 1pm-4pm   Fire Suppression

April 18 - 9am-1pm  Light Search and Rescue  

May 9 - 9am-12pm  Pandemic Influenza 

May 16  - 9am-12pm  Basic Personal Preparedness

May 16  - 1pm-4pm  Disaster First Aid

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