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Training Schedule & Registration

Class Schedule
Volunteer Opportunities

Class Schedule:
The goal of this program is to help the citizens of San Francisco to be self sufficient in a major disaster situation by developing multi-functional teams, cross trained in basic emergency skills. Through this program, individuals will learn hands-on disaster skills that will help them as members of an emergency response team, preparing them to respond to a personal emergency or as an adjunct to the SFFD response. The 20 hour training consists of six class sessions that are approximately 3 hours each. The NERT Training is free to the public. The San Francisco Fire Department has the following NERT trainings scheduled. You may attend at any location. Enrollment is limited.

Classes in Session...     (Subject to Change)

Please note that it is very important for participants to attend all sessions in order to gain the full scope and benefit of the training.

  • Make-ups may be approved.  A certificate may be issued upon completion of the entire training course
  • Make-up classes must be completed within 6 months of beginning NERT training
  • Enrollment must begin by the 2nd session to participate
  • New enrollment is not permitted on the second day of the intensive training sessions

 Printable Schedule of Upcoming Classes (PDF)

Additional classes are added as they are confirmed.

2014 NERT Training

South Beach

Civic Center
Noe Valley


Lick Wilmerding HS
755 Ocean Ave

Tuesday evenings
March 18, 6:30-10:00p: Class 1
March 25, 6:30-10:00p: Class 2
April 1, 6:30-9:30p: Class 3
April 8, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 4
school closed April 15
April 22, 6:30p-9:30p: Class 5
April 29, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 6
Enroll - pdf Flyer


Fisherman's Wharf
The Cannery Bldg., 3rd Floor
2801 Leavenworth St

April 16, 8:30a-4:30p: Class 1 & 2
April 23, 8:30a-4:00p: Class 3 & 4
April 30, 8:30a-4:30p: Class 5 & 6 
Enroll - pdf Flyer

Haight Ashbury
Urban School of San Francisco
1563 Page St @ Masonic

April 17, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 1
April 24, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 2
May 1, 6:30p-9:30p: Class 3
May 8, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 4
May 15, 6:30p-9:30p: Class 5
May 22, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 6
Enroll - pdf Flyer 


Marina/Cow Hollow
St. Mary the Virgin
2325 Union St @ Steiner

May 5, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 1
May 12, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 2
May 19, 6:30p-9:30p: Class 3
Memorial Day observed, May 26 
June 2, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 4
June 9, 6:30p-9:30p: Class 5
June 16, 6:30p-10:00p: Class 6 
Enroll - pdf Flyer

 NEW! Personal Readiness for a resilient Community
One time workshop for you and your neighbors!

What's in it for you?
You will learn the basics to take care of yourself and others.

SFFD NERT and SAFE want you to have skills to be prepared for emergencies big or small, and get to know your neighbors on your block to maximize resiliency after a disaster.

  • Risk Awareness
  • Disaster supplies
  • Personal/Family Disaster Planning
  • NERT Overview
  • Disaster Pre-Planning - building community one block at a time


Wednesday April 16, 2014
Supervisor Tang hosts 
Ortega Library Branch
3223 Ortega St 
Enroll - pdf Flyer English/Chinese

Wednesday April 30, 2014
SF Main Library Hosts
100 Larkin St 
Enroll - pdf Flyer

Wednesday June 11, 2014
Supervisor Mar hosts
Richmond Library Branch
351 - 9th Ave
Enroll - pdf Flyer

Thursday May 29, 2014  
Infinity Towers Club Room 
333 Main St @ Folsom 
Enroll - pdf Flyer

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Training Course Outline

     Class Session #1...
     Earthquake awareness,
     Preparedness and Hazard

     Class Session #2...
     Basic Disaster Skills
     Fire Extinguishers/Behavior
     Utilities Shut-offs

     Class Session #3...
     Disaster Medicine

     Class Session #4...
     Light Search and Rescue

     Class Session #5...
     Team Organization and
     Terrorism & NERT

     Class Session #6...
     Hands-On Training
     Skills Development and

Want to host a N.E.R.T. training in your San Francisco neighborhood? You must have thirty sign-ups and an ADA compliant space able to accommodate at least eighty people.  If you do, please contact SFNERT at  Classes will be scheduled based on need and location.

The goal of this program is to help the residents of San Francisco be self sufficient in a major disaster situation by developing multi-functional teams, cross-trained in basic emergency skills.  Through this program, individuals will learn hands-on disaster skills that will help them as members of an emergency response team and/or as a leader directing untrained volunteers during an emergency, allowing them to act independently or as an adjunct to City emergency services.  There is no cost  for the neighborhood training, and the class sessions are approximately 3 hours.

Class Session #1 Earthquake Awareness, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
Earthquake type, magnitude, history and probability
How to prepare before it happens
What to do when the earth starts to shake

Class Session #2 Basic Disaster Skills
Natural gas, water and electrical controls, why, when and how to shut them off
Types of fire, and using extinguishers to put it out
Hazardous Materials awareness in the home, on the road, and all around you

Class Session #3 Disaster Medicine
Health considerations for the rescuer
Opening airways
Stopping bleeding and shock position
S.T.A.R.T. triage
Minor injuries and burns

Class Session #4 Light Search and Rescue
Different types of construction and where to look for damage
How to classify damaged buildings
Building marking system
Interior search patterns
Lifting heavy objects and mechanical advantage
Victim carries

Class Session #5 Team Organization and Management
City Disaster Plan and where the NERTs fit
NERT Incident Command System, managing the disaster
Disaster Psychology
Terrorism and NERT

Class Session #6 Skills Development and Application
Final Exam Review
Extinguishing fires
Triaging and treating moulaged victims
Extricating a victim trapped by heavy timbers
Interior search for reported missing persons
Exterior building damage assessment
Award of Achievement and course evaluation

Volunteer to be a Victim
for Graduating N.E.R.T. Classes:

Attend the final session at any of the above training sessions.  Instructors will make you up to be a victim for the students attending the training so they will have a more realistic experience.
No previous experience necessary, all are welcome.
Upon arrival, inform class instructors that you are volunteering to be a victim.

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Last updated: 4/17/2014 4:58:33 PM