On Saturday (4/11), Portland graduated 80 new volunteers into the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program. NETs are Portland residents trained by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods.
The new volunteers completed over 30 hours of training in search and rescue, small fire suppression, medical triage, utility shutoff, radio communications, and more. As part of Saturday's activities, the incoming NET members participated in a final field exercise along with volunteers from the University of Portland's Campus Community Emergency Response Training or CCERT program. Emmanuel Hospital also provided assistance by donating training space for the class.
The previous graduation class in October 2014 added 53 NET members. The total NET program now includes 687 members with 715 waiting to be trained in the coming year.
Anyone interested in joining the program can sign-up at www.portlandoregon.gov/net.