During the morning of Saturday, June 12, 2010 Portland Fire & Rescue's Fire Station 3 in NW Portland hosted a triage exercise for local Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs). NET teams are citizens trained by the Portland Office of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members receive basic training that will provide the skills to work with your neighbors to save lives and property during the first 72 hours of any citywide emergency. The skills you'll learn in the free NET training will also help you manage emergencies that you may encounter in daily life.
Seven citizens participated in the triage exercise. After a station tour and brief refresher at the firehouse, Station 3's Truck and Engine crews and citizens moved to Wallace Park located at NW 26th & Pettygrove for a hands-on drill. Truck 3 and Engine 3 crews had planted over 100 survey flags attached to laminated patient descriptions. The volunteers organized their teams, decided upon a strategy, and began sorting out the "injured" as they were taught during NET Training. They spent an average of approximately 30 seconds per patient to assess breathing, circulation and mental status. Once the patients were tagged with the appropriate triage label, the rescuers simulated removing one victim using a blanket carry.
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