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Training News

May 20th Meeting
Our next team training will take place on Sat May 20th at the usual time and place (see the Calendar on the team's home page). This will again not be a federal team meeting, for complicated reasons that I'll explain at the meeting. However, it is covered by the CA equivalent of USERRA for CDMSA members; let David Lipin know if you need information about that.

In addition to the general meeting (which will go an extra hour to discuss the pending NDMS re-organizationa and introduce the CAL-MAT program), we will cover the following topics:

  • Western Shelter Systems Overview (New members)
  • Persons With Disabilities in Disasters (General members)
  • Administration Updates (General members)

Moffett Field FTX
We'll once again be conducting our annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Moffett Field, this time the week of June 5th. The primary "medical" days will be Wed thru Fri, but we will also have a logistics and communications focus on Mon and Tue. Our scope is expanding once again this year as well. As in the past, we'll be working with the VA and FEMA US&R teams, but this year we'll also be joined by the CA National Guard and Air National Guard, and possibly some other entities as well (they're thinking about it). We'll practice patient loading and unloading from a National Guard helicopter, learn canine first aid, and have guest lecturers from the USGS and Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

EMSA is also stepping up in a big way with the CAL-MAT program, and covering the cost for all CAL-MAT participants. So other than your time (and gas to get there), it's free to participate this year! And also covered by the California USERRA-equivalent, and a great way to pick up 12+ hours of free CEUs or BRNs.

You can sign up via the website by clicking on the link under Upcoming Events (left side of the home page). Sign-ups have been extended a couple of days, until May 3rd. So get on it quick if you're interested! It's open to all CDMSA and potential CAL-MAT members.

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