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4/21/18 Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident & Helping The Wounded, Part I – Report

Summary, notes and photos of the first of two classes on surviving on active shooter and helping the wounded.

The morning was in two parts. First, an incredible, and sadly relevant, class in surviving a mass casualty attack taught by Sgt. Spencer Fomby, leader of Berkeley Police Department’s national award-winning Immediate Action Rapid Deployment Team (informally known as SWAT). Then a review of Stop The Bleed, Controlling Life-Threatening Bleeding With Tourniquets and Pressure Bandages, taught by Berkeley CERT’s own Shawn Connors, Bill Springer, Barber Morita and Carrie Dovzak.

You missed it? Oh No!!!

While there is absolutely no substitute for having attended, we can get you partially up to speed.

CERT member Grace Harwood took an awesome set of notes on Sgt. Fomby’s class. Check’m out:  Notes – Survive an Active Shooter Lecture 4-21-18.

And for the Stop The Bleed section, here’s a summary…

Stop The Bleed Infographic

And for atmosphere… some pics!


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3/10/2018 Veggie Sushi Class Fundraiser Report

Hello everyone. This is Mieko, the instructor for the sushi class reporting. I think we can call this attempt a success. Actually, a great success.

Mandy and I raised about 500 dollars, which will go straight to Halcyon Neighborhood Association then come to CERT, where it will fund overhead (such as printing), program costs and giveaways, like last year’s trauma kits and gas shut-off wrenches.

For those of you that bought the tickets and came, thank you very, very much. Great students make great classes. We had such a good vibe going.

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I had fun. Guessing from the way the food on the table vanished at the end of the class, people liked it, too.

That’s the sample we looked at and tasted in the beginning.
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How did we live without smart phones?
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End Result.
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Just before the start of eating and chatting.

Having spent a ton of time stabilizing the recipe, figuring out the curriculum, and enjoying the class reaction I would love to teach the class again. Whether I will be able to or not will depend largely on community interest. f you know someone who’d like to learn to make veggie sushi, please contact me, or Halcyon CERT

Yey home cooking!


Upcoming Class: Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident and Helping The Wounded

The HNA Community Emergency Response Team is thrilled to announce that it has joined with the Berkeley Police Department to offer a pilot, two-part class on surviving an active shooter incident and helping the wounded. The class is called Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident and Helping The Wounded: How to Get Through The First 20 Minutes of An Active Shooting and will be held in two parts, classroom and labratory.
Please click below to reserve your space. Students must be 18 years or older.

This session will consist of instruction from the Berkley Police Department followed by a  hands-on practice session in severe bleeding control taught by Berkeley CERT instructor Shawn Connors and three other trainers. All materials will be provided.

You must have taken the classroom to participate in the lab.

Location for both Classroom and Lab are TBD.
If you have already reserve a space direclty via email with HNA CERT please do not use the above to reserve. Your place is safe.
Please also reach out to us if you are interested in learning more about HNA CERT. We are actively recruiting and would love to have you, no experience required.

Mental Health First Aid Class – Pictures and Links – 12/10/17

Halcyon Neighborhood Association CERT Mental Health First Class in Pictures and Links

Taught by former Halcyon neighbor Susan Snyder and based on a curriculum developed in Australia and updated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Sunday’s Mental Health First Aid Class was epic – serious, useful, by turns fun and challenging.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Some useful links

In case you would like to know more about the organization, training or become a trainer!
For all behavioral health resources
For crisis resources (includes some city of Berkeley info)


Overview and links to other pages
Berkeley Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team: Details are here
Some key information
  • Everyday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Phone (510) 981-5900 (Police Non-emergency 24 hrs.) or  (510) 981-5254 (Voice message)      
If you’d like to contact Susan, she can be reached at


Some pictures from the class

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Proud graduates frame Susan (in gray and red sweater)

One of many role plays

No mistake – this was an information dense day!

A number of creative teaching tools were used

Much was learned and a good, if challenging and tiring time, was had by all


Most students stayed focused on the instructor at the front of the room….



Emotional First Aid Class – 12/10/17

HNA CERT isoffer Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour class featuring a five-step action plan to support someone suffering signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis.

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* ONE SPOT AVAILABLE (and we could stretch to accommodate a couple) *


HNA CERT is thrilled to offer Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour class being taught by former Halcyon resident, CERT leader, and certified mental health professional Susan Snyder.
The class features a five-step action plan to support someone suffering signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis.
For details please see the below link.
The class is eight hours and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, with 30 minutes for a brown bag lunch. We will have drinks and snacks on hand. Space is limited to only ten people, so please rsvp to if interested.

Light Search and Rescue, Part 2 – Hands On! Life-saving learning, a Berkeley first, injured pumpkins, a demonic clown, and many giant spiders. Oh My!

Hands On Light Search and Rescue Class. Life-saving learning, demonic clowns and lots of spiders!


Sunday, October 29th saw the second part of Halcyon Neighborhood Association’s Community Emergency Response Team’s Light Search and Rescue class. Sunday’s class marked the conclusion of the two-part LSAR series, and students who completed both units received full City of Berkeley credit for their work. This class marked the first time the city of Berkeley has granted CERT credit for LSAR taught outside their own facilities. And of course, being a few days before Halloween, some seasonal spookiness found its way into the serious business of learning lifesaving.

The class was broken down into three major sections plus some time in the classroom for a pre-exercise briefing/review of PART ONE and then a post-exercise debrief and teacher evaluations. The three sections were Search, Cribbing, and Carries.

Huge thanks to our generous and excellent instructors Bill Springer, Shawn Connors, and Carrie Dovzak along with Khin Chin from the Berkley Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Services, who authorized, supervised, and acted as safety officer for the exercises.


Search party Excellent

Taught by Berkeley CERT instructor Carrie Dovzak, Search skills included

  • Verifying the structure was safe to enter
  • Working as a team to safely and thoroughly search an area
  • Identifying victims and assessing their level of need
  • Reporting team status by radio to an incident command post, which in turn is responsible for a standardized series of notes posted near the building entrance to help subsequent rescue teams

Instructor Dovak starts with a review of utility shut-off

Next Up – Radio Procedure

Then Command Post Operations – The next team through has gotta know what’s already happened and that your team made it out safely!

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Search technique: One hand on your buddy, one hand on the wall, and somehow a hand for your radio and flashlight
Finding a victin
Search team checks behind obstruction for potential victim


Pumpkin-uh-victim found! It’s up to the search team to evaluate level of injury and tag to indicate priority


Cribbing, taught by lead instructor Bill Springer, sometimes referred to as Bill the Elder, is the fine art of using lever and fulcrum to lift debris off a victim, in our Halloween case a demonic clown, and then placing blocking material (cribbing) under that debris until the demonic clown (or other victims!) can be safely removed.

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We have a victim. A demonic clown victim, but a victim!

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Victim is trapped by debris! Victim has a pulse! Repeat – Victim Is Viable!!!!

HNA CERT – Let’s Get To It!


Step One: Use lever (blue bar on far left of photo) and fulcrum (wood block under bar) to lift debris and carefully insert cribbing so that debris stays elevated.


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Step Two: Rinse and repeat Step One, adding more cribbing to further raise the debris while making sure there is enough room under debris for the lever to move, until enough space is created that demonic clown, or other victims, can be safely evacuated. Two important notes: Team members inserting cribbing are required to squat, not kneel, so they can move quickly if the load shifts, and cribbing must always be handled from the side so a load shift won’t result in missing fingers if debris comes crashing down.

More cribbing, more lever

Success! Space created, victim can be evacuated!

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BTE pontificates while our demonic clown (not pictured) expresses deepest thanks for the save.


Taught by Berkeley CERT Instructor Shawn Connors, a great introduction to moving incapacitated victims.

Fiver Person Blanket Carry

The five-person blanket carry. This can also be done with seven rescuers. Rescuer at the head is responsible for stabilizing head and neck and leading the team while rescuers at sides provide lift.

A Two-Person Carry

Chair Carry

A Chair-Carry

Class Room & Wrap-Up

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HNA CERT Co-Coordinator Bill Swartz discusses the HNA CERT mission while Mr. Klondike inspects a participant

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Khin Chin from Berkley Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Services looks on,        accompanied by instructor Carrie Dovzac

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Instructors Shawn Connors and Bill Springer relax. Note Search and Rescue practice pumpkin victims and radios on table.



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Thanks to our instructors, the Berkeley Fire Department, and HNA CERT Membership!