Category Archives: Training

Allen Recycles Day

Help Wanted

The City of Allen will be hosting this semi-annual cleanup event at City Hall Saturday, November 2, and have called on Allen CERT again to assist with traffic and crowd management. Volunteers will need to arrive at 7:00 AM and the event runs until 12:00 PM or until the line disappears.

This is a fun and face-paced event that is sure to increase your confidence in handling traffic and radio communications.

We need a minimum of 8 (eight) volunteers to pull this off so let’s show the City we can deliver.

Registered Members

  • C.Diltz
  • K.Spock
  • T.Reavis
  • C.Smith
  • K.Smith
  • T.Westfall
  • C.Clemencich
  • E.Chavez
  • C.Watanabe

New Reasons to Attend Ham-Com

Ham-Com is this weekend!

It starts today (Friday) at noon and runs through Saturday at 5:00 PM and takes place at the Plano Convention Center. In addition to the same great information and sales, new classes are being offered this year – some of them are very practical for CERTs.

New classes include Stop the Bleed, Baofeng Radio Programming, Air Force MARS, Advances in Severe Weather Detection, and ARES/Skywarn training.

Admission is just $10 at the door and gets you access to all events, classes, and exhibits.

For more information on Ham-Com 2019, read the flyer or visit them on Facebook.

 

Free CPR Training

The free CPR training program launched by the Allen Fire Department early this year has been a big hit across town. AFD’s Tony Cooper has been very busy hosting classes on weeknights and weekends – sometimes multiple classes a week.

Tony will be hosting a class just for CERT & CFA July 18th at 6:30 PM. The class will be held in the Community Room at the Parks & Recreation office (where you vote). Family is welcome so bring ’em along. Don’t miss this chance to receive free CPR training – register today!

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Although CPR is not a skill we teach in CERT, we certainly promote it as supplemental learning as it is proven to save lives. Most Allen CERT members have received formal CPR training in the past but taking subsequent classes helps keep the procedures fresh in your mind. Additionally, CPR science is constantly evolving as case studies result in simpler methods and improved techniques.

Registered

  • Chris D
  • Tammy I
  • William I
  • David V
  • Randy J
  • Christina P
  • Carlos A
  • Neal vdU
  • Keri vdU
  • Sofia vdU
  • Rhys vdU
  • Shannen K
  • David L
  • Ann R
  • Marcus C
  • Kenneth S
  • Chris S
  • Ezra S
  • Becky J
  • Joy T
  • Craig T
  • James T
  • Bryce T

Regional Volunteer Symposium

The North Central Texas Council of Governments – affectionately called “the COG” – is hosting their second-annual Volunteer Symposium on Friday, May 10th. This is an all-day event that provides training on a wide variety of CERT-friendly topics.

This year, they are hosting the symposium at the Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie. There is no cost to attend but you must register in advance (see below).

From the COG:

The 2nd Annual Volunteer Symposium is an excellent opportunity to expand your network and knowledge base; meet, learn, and network with dedicated leaders in the field; and candidly discuss challenges and successes so we can collectively grow in our missions.

In addition to a dynamic and engaging lunch speaker, this year’s symposium topics include (see attached agenda for details):

  • Red Cross Shelter Training
  • Volunteer Reception Center
  • Managing the Spontaneous Volunteer Workforce
  • Stop the Bleed
  • Self Care
  • Youth Volunteer Engagement
  • Leadership for Success
  • Leadership Compass 2.0
  • Individual Resilience and Personal Preparedness (IRaPP)
  • Generational Volunteerism (Panel)

Get ready to be invigorated and inspired! Register now.

LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-symposium-tickets-57432892327

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SAR Tracker Training

EastTex CERT has organized a tracking course geared toward search and rescue operations and taught by a world-renown Fernando Moreira and has extended the invitation to Allen CERT. The class runs Jun 14th through June 16th.

From EastTex CERT:

The class is being sponsored by the Texas Survival School and is a 2-and-a-half day Man Tracking class featuring Fernando Moreira.  The class will be held behind City Hall in Lucas and then the field work will take place around Trinity Trail on Lavon.  We have reserved the camp ground that the Raptor Center has for the weekend for all who want to stay on site.  The class is $200 per student.  Anyone interested can reach out to Ray McKee with any questions and registration can be completed at www.texassurvivalschool.com on the Class Summary & Registration menu.  This should be an awesome class.  Fernando really knows his stuff and we have been working for quite some time to get him to come to the area to do a class for all of our SAR and Law Enforcement friends.

More on the Course

Tracking is not a lost art, but rather and underutilized modern science. Let us show you how. Together we can make a difference. Fernando Moreira’s Professional Tracking Services provides expert training in visual tracking, consultations and deployment in the field across the United States and world-wide.

We customize each class to take  into account your personal and the terrain they will encounter to best perform skill sets learned when on the job as a volunteer, contractor, law enforcement officer or while serving in the military.

Training to prepare SAR members for urban, rural and night tracking under “ideal” conditions. This course is for the SAR or law enforcement person that has the desire to become a tracker for the purpose of Search & Rescue. It is an intensive course with 4 hours class room and 16 hours in the field.

Spring Exercise Recap

Trying something new

Our spring simulation offers us a chance to test our dispatch protocols, activation timing, mobilization, and Incident Command expertise. For the first time ever, we added a twist: Doing all of this in a parking lot with just what we have in the trailers.

At 0815 on Saturday, March 23, select members arrived at Central Station following a standby order, only to find that the building was damaged in the preceding storm and was not suitable to serve as a command post. 30 minutes later, we activated the Allen CERT membership with instructions to report to our secondary staging area: Allen High School.

Both CERT trailers were transported to the high school parking lot within 15 minutes and, by 0900, several responders had arrived at the staging area. By 0920, both trailers were unloaded, a command structure was established, net control was up and running, and the first damage assessment team was receiving their assignment briefing. That means that, from activation to mobilization, we baseline at just over an hour – not bad at all considering the command post had to be relocated.

At 1115, the final assignment had been completed and teams were in route back to the command post where we debriefed and documented observations on both the action plan, and our ability to mobilize a command post.

What did we learn?

Maps are vital; Having a large satellite-image map of the city is extremely helpful when developing an action plan and determining where to send resources.

The generator upgrades, courtesy of William Ingram, was instrumental in starting the generator quickly and providing the power needed to run a radio net within the trailer.

Unloading the trailers is relatively quick, considering almost everything can just be pulled out and set to the side. However, loading the trailers is time-consuming and can delay operations if relocation is required during an active incident.

Because this was an exercise, no medical or extrication equipment was leveraged so no evaluation was performed. This will be evaluated during and after our fall exercise.

Milestone briefings are often overlooked and should be considered an improvement opportunity for the program, as we tend to be anxious to send resources into the field. Remembering to pause at the top and ensure everyone is running on the same rail will mitigate overlap throughout the event.

Communications still proves to be a strength for Allen CERT. With the right equipment and skilled operators, we can establish a net and communicate effectively between teams to relay information and fold intelligence into the next phase of the incident action plan.

Communication cannot overstep documentation, and documentation cannot be done properly without communication before and during an assignment (e.g., assignment briefings, standardization, reporting criteria, etc.). Having a plethora of dry-erase boards was extremely helpful for tracking accountability.

What’s next?

The program has been purchasing equipment and supplies to greatly improve a mobile command experience. We are also working to create an activation playbook that will outline the progressive steps for notifying responders, establishing a command structure, developing an action plan, assigning tasks, and documenting results.

Overall, our response capabilities are excellent, as observed internally and externally. Additionally, we have an excellent baseline response time and any improvement to that metric will be considered a huge accomplishment.

Attending events and training opportunities is a great way to keep your skills sharp. Even the smallest of events can help sharpen a skill that folds into our holistic skill set.

Do you have ideas on how we can improve our capabilities? Our Monthly Membership Meeting is open to all members and is held at La Madeleine on the fourth Wednesday, 7:30 pm, of each month.

Want a Ham License?

The Plano Amateur Radio Club is presenting an amateur radio Technician License class.  The class will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th at the Lucas Fire Station training facility. The fire station is located at 165 Country Club Ln, which is just north of Bethany/Lucas Rd, in Lucas TX.  Lucas is located just east of Allen, TX off of US Hwy 75 at the Bethany Rd. exit.

As always the class is free, the test is $14.00 cash. The class will start at 8:00am each day and will finish up by 5:00pm, depending on class participation and questions. The exam will begin at 3:00 on Sunday April 28th.  Other amateur radio class exams (General or Extra) will also be available for those wishing to take those exams. Parking should be available on the south side of the fire station. A government issued photo ID will be required to take the exam (an FCC Requirement).

To prepare for this class, we urge you to pick up a copy of one of the Technician license study guides, and read through the material at least once prior to the class.  You should not expect to just walk in to the two day training class and grasp all the necessary information to successfully pass the exam. But, if you prepare by reading through one of the study guides at least once, and marking any items that you have questions about, and then pay attention and ask questions during the two day training class, there is an excellent probability that you will pass the exam with a high score.

Our course material is based on the Ham Radio School’s Technician License Course Study Guide, by Stu Turner.  These study guides are available online and locally at the Ham Radio Outlet store 701 E. Plano Parkway Suite 406, across the street from Fry’s Electronics in Plano.  The cost for the study guide should be around $20.00. There are also a number of online practice exams that can help you identify those areas where you need a little extra practice.

TO REGISTER,for this class, or if you have any additional questions, please send an email to Mike Pruden at (NN5ZZ@ARRL.NET). Please provide your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, and TELEPHONE NUMBER, in case we need to reach out to you with any changes. Registrations must be received by April 22nd 2019 to allow us time to schedule the necessary resources for the class.

Great American Cleanup ’19

The city is looking again to Allen CERT to provide traffic management for one of the largest cleanup events in the region. This year’s Great American Cleanup will be at City Hall on Saturday, May 11th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Our role is to direct vehicles to the correct locations depending on what they are disposing of and to keep the traffic moving as efficiently as possible. This job operates best with at least 10 volunteers so  your help is needed. Plus, this is one of the few events every year that serves to keep our traffic management skills sharp.

Sign up below if you would like to help out. We will hold a pre-event briefing at our April membership meeting on 4/24.

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Volunteers

  • Chris D
  • Ty W
  • Traci R
  • Melissa M
  • Joy L
  • David M
  • Chris S
  • Kim S
  • Kenneth S

What’s In Your Bag?

The fifth-annual “Backpack Class” is back for 2019!

Whether you have some new gear to show off or you just want to get ideas on what to put in your pack, this is the event for you.

Join us at Station 5 on March 6th, 6:30 PM for the backpack pow-wow. Captain Clamon’s team (5A) will be joining us to provide their insight and expertise. Bring a folding/collapsible chair if you don’t want to sit on the floor.

Fire Station 5 is located at the intersection of McDermott and Shallowater Dr

Citizens Fire Academy Is On For 2019

Learn what it takes to be an Allen firefighter during this free, 8-week course. The 2019 Citizens Fire Academy will be held March 21-May 9 with a packed itinerary of hands-on training. Participants can ride along with firefighters, operate a fire hose, learn CPR, wear firefighting gear and more! Watch this video and you’ll want to sign up right away!

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m at the Ron Gentry Training Center (310 Century Parkway). Participants may also attend optional Saturday sessions on March 30 and April 27. The class is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in the City of Allen.

Applications are available online and may be mailed or delivered to Allen Fire Department Administrative Offices (310 Century Parkway, Allen TX 75013) or faxed to 214.509.4410. All applications must be received by Friday, March 1. For additional information, please contact Linda Greenidge at lgreenidge@cityofallen.org or 214.509.4413.