FAQ Topic: Fire & Paramedic

CERT Goals & Objectives

Offer quarterly First Aid for Disaster Response (FADR) classes for San Rafael CERTS in coordination with the Marin Medical Reserve Corps Hold quarterly meetings open to all San Rafael CERTs that refresh and build skills providing for networking opportunities and active engagement. Develop, train and implement a neighborhood communication system that uses non-digital systems to … Continued

What are CERT teams trained in?

CERT teams are trained in basic emergency response procedures such as: Conducting an initial size-up of the situation in their immediate area Reducing immediate dangers by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires, and evacuating hazardous areas Performing immediate medical triage and basic treatment of injuries Assessing structural integrity and performing light search and rescue Collecting … Continued

Special considerations

Will you need extra welfare checks, or a place to stay during power outages, heat waves, and so on? Discuss your plan with family or friends and neighbors who can assist you in your area of need. Will you need transportation assistance in an evacuation? Accessible public transportation may be in short supply. Can you … Continued


Choose two meeting spots: If you have to get out of your home in the event of a house fire – the corner of the block or a neighbor’s porch all make good meeting spots. In this location you can gather and take a head count to make sure everyone got out safely. Make sure … Continued


Sheltering-in-place means staying where you are because it’s safer than going outside. When we go to the basement because of a storm warning or stay home because of a blizzard, we are sheltering-in-place. This is not a common safety action in San Rafael, but was more recently practiced during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


A communication plan is an important part of the emergency plan. You should include the following in your communication plan: Be in the know Now that you’ve decided how you’ll stay informed, make sure everyone in your emergency plan knows about these sources and how to use them. How you will stay in touch with loved ones Designate … Continued

Will I receive a bill for ambulance transportation?

Yes, the Fire Department will send you a bill with a health insurance information request form, so that we can bill your health insurance for the transport. For Residents who pay the paramedic tax any charges not covered by your insurance will be covered by the paramedic tax. For non-paramedic tax paying residents, after a … Continued

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