Community Emergency Response Team

Upcoming Events, News & Updates
Central County Fire Department is dedicated to keeping our communities prepared and resilient by providing information that will allow them to serve not only themselves but their neighborhood and beyond. This e-newsletter is to keep you informed.

Preparedness and resilience start with you!
Summer 2019
CCFD - Upcoming Events
Wildland Fire Safety Town Hall Events
#1 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 -  6:30pm - 8:00pm
#2 - Saturday, September 28, 2019 -  9:00am - 10:30am
Town of Hillsborough - Town Hall
1600 Floribunda Ave., 94010

GET READY - Disaster Preparedness Training
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 -  6:00pm - 8:30pm
City of Burlingame - Corporation Yard
1361 N. Carolan in Burlingame, 94010

Click  here to register

The GET READY course satisfies the requirement of the first session of CERT training.

CERT Two-Day Bootcamp
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Classroom Instruction
+ Sunday, August 18, 2019 - Hands-on Skills/Exercise
8:30am - 5:00pm
City of Burlingame - Corporation Yard
1361 N. Carolan in Burlingame, 94010

Click here to register

GET READY (see above) is a pre-requisite to CERT Bootcamp.

SAVE THE DATE:  San Mateo Co. Disaster Preparedness Day
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
San Mateo County Event Center

Click here for more information

CCFD - News & Updates
Safety Updates from Central County Fire
Presented by Dena Gunning, Community Risk & Resiliency Specialist


* Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
* Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit.
* Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
* Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
* If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
* If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
* If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
CERT Upcoming Events, News & Updates
Burlingame Neighborhood Network / CERT Updates

Save the Date - Burlingame Citywide Emergency Drill 10/12/19!

The Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) invites you to participate in the seventh annual  Citywide Emergency Drill from 9:00a to 10:30a on Saturday, October 12, to learn how to work with your neighbors in the aftermath of a disaster to support one another. More than 400 individuals participated in last year's drill. 

The exercise is organized by BNN and supported by the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department (sponsor), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and local Ham radio operators. There is no fee. 

We received very positive feedback from participants who said it was a lot of fun and inspired them to get better prepared.
If you would like to learn more about how your neighborhood can participate, please email We'll send you more details and ask you to reserve two dates to learn how to do the drill:
  • Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Drill Walk-Through. We'll show you how to do the drill and give you all the supplies you need (no charge).
  • Thursday, October 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Communications Workshop. You'll learn how to tap into Burlingame's volunteer communications network (powered by local Ham radio operators), which will connect you with emergency help even when most forms of communication are down. 
You can read more about last year's drill and see photos on the BNN website here.

To indicate your interest and keep informed about upcoming training opportunities, sign up for BNN's free newsletter  here

Burlingame Citywide Emergency Drill
Saturday, October 12 - 9:00a - 10:30a


National Night Out! 

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Burlingame are invited to join forces with thousands of other communities nationwide for the National Night Out crime prevention event.  National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is co-sponsored locally by the Burlingame Police Department. 

From 6:00p to 9:00p, neighborhoods throughout Burlingame are asked to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors. 

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Burlingame neighborhoods 

If you plan on hosting a neighborhood event and would like members of the Burlingame Police Department to visit, please RSVP to Captain Bob Boll by phone at 650-777-4177 or by email at


Burlingame Neighborhood Network News 

Find all BNN newsletters and events here
...and Burlingame CERT newsletters here.

Millbrae CERT Updates
Marge Colapietro, Volunteer - Millbrae LEND-CERT,
Public Information Officer and LEND Radio Net Coordinator

Weeks ago I watched the movie "Apollo 11."  It was broadcast because 2019, specifically July 20 is the "50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.  I recalled way back in the sixties watching the black and white television nightly news reports -- those remained in my memories until I viewed the entire movie.  It was like putting puzzle pieces together for the first time and re-living my sixties life all over in real time. It was so stunning to see Neil Armstrong and Ed Aldrin set the American Flag on the lunar surface then stand in awe.  Such emotional moments.  I said to myself "now I know why I love my Country, my Community and our Flag." Having celebrated the birth of our Nation on July 4th and recently commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the "Eagle's Landing on July 20th, let us be grateful, have trust, and know that we'll get through the challenges --  the best is yet to come and we will have a sense of peace once again. 

"Greetings CERT! As we've transitioned into summer, I ask that you follow PG&E's instructions to prepare for any Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Please also have plenty of bottled water on hand. Make sure you are taking good care of yourselves so that if the need arises, you can help others. The kids are out of school and daylight is longer, please be especially mindful of little ones at play while you're driving. Please also make sure you are locking your vehicles and not leaving any valuables in plain sight. We are just a 911 call away if you need us. I, and all members of the Millbrae Sheriff's Bureau join with Chief John Kammeyer and Central County Fire Firefighter's in mutual efforts to keep you and our community safe."
-Paul Kunkel, Chief of Police Services - Millbrae Bureau

"As we move in to "fire season" CCFD would like to remind all residents that live in areas near wooded or open space areas to ensure they have modified potential fuels that could contribute to a wildfire to 100' from any structure. This would include dead or dry grass that is overgrown, dead trees or limbs. Any collection of dead vegetation or combustible material near or around any structure. It is best to ensure this extends about 100' from the structure, otherwise known as "defensible space." If you are unsure about defensible space or would like a CCFD Fire Prevention Specialist to provide you with a Wildland Urban Interface consult for your home, please call our office at (650) 558-7600."  -John Kammeyer, Fire Chief - Central County Fire Department


Below information is as of this writing, subject to change upon notice from organizing agency.  

Dino DeRanieri, Volunteer Coordinator for Millbrae CERT and LEND programs has prepared an extensive list of upcoming classes and volunteer opportunities for the coming months. He is requesting that we all take a few minutes to mark them on our calendar so we can consider taking classes and volunteer at the events. Millbrae Emergency Preparedness volunteers are well-known and have a fine reputation for being responsive to enrichment classes and participating in community events - let's keep the momentum going! 

As always, Dino will email us with details of the classes and events. Please RSVP to Dino ASAP so he can determine if Millbrae CERT, LEND, MARC will be represented.

Reminder: Time credit is given to participants from time leave home until time returning home.

Note:  MARC Mtgs. - 6:45p 1st Thurs. of Month; MARC Radio Net 7:30p - Every Thurs. of Month 

Note: Millbrae LEND Radio Net - Second Thursday of the Month 7:00p

  • August 14: CCFD "Get Ready" Training, 6:00pm-8:30pm - Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae Residents
  • August 17 & 18: CCFD "CERT Boot Camp" Certification Classes 8:30a - 5:00p --- Note: "Get Ready" Class is a Pre-requisite for "Boot Camp."
  • August 17: Millbrae CERT Booth at Lions Club Car Show
  • August 28: CERT Training Class (Topic TBA) 6:30p-9:00p, Chetcuti Room 
  • August 31 & September 1: Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Downtown Broadway 10:00a - 5:00p

  • September 25: CERT Training Class (Topic TBA) 6:30p - 9:00p Chetcuti Room
  • September 29: America Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • October 23: CERT Training Class (Topic TBA) 6:30p - 8:00 p, Chetcuti Room
  • October 29: Millbrae Annual Japanese Culture Festival
  • November 6: CERT Training Class (Topic TBA) 6:30p - 9:00p, Chetcuti Room 
  • November 20: Set-Up San Mateo County Statewide Medical & Health Exercise 
  • November 21: San Mateo County Statewide Medical & Health Exercise FULL SCALE CONDUCT 
  • January 23 - March 14, 2020: CERT Winter 2020 session (see flyer below)


CERT Winter 2020



We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to two truly outstanding women who have made every effort to assist us when Dino has called upon them. 

Charlene O'Connell, a 20-year city employee who worked as a Recreation Coordinator for our city, retired as of June 30th. Charlene made sure that we had space when we needed it, ensured that her crew helped with setting-up the areas, had the doors unlocked on time for our Radio Net - Charlene always "made it happen" for us and for so many others.  We'll miss you Charlene and we wish all good things for you.  We look forward to seeing you at Millbrae events as a volunteer and enjoying yourself "like the good old days!"  

Dana Sahae, the Executive Director of Millbrae Community Television (our Media Partner), has two young daughters who are at an age when they need to have more mommy time. Dana had previous media experience as a reporter for the San Mateo Daily Journal - known then as Dana Yates.  She learned quickly about the role of community television and made that one of her passions.  Dana also knew the value of Emergency Preparedness in a community, our community, and thru the magic of MCTV helped with video productions of many of our activities and included a CERT representative to be interviewed in the MCTV booth at the Art & Wine Festival. I have a hunch that Dana won't be a stranger to us. We wish all good things for you.


As always, stay involved and stay connected. The Burlingame Neighborhood Network, H illsborough Neighborhood Network and Millbrae CERT have excellent ways of getting to know your neighbors and what each of you can do to make your neighborhood
a better and safer place. 

For Burlingame Neighborhood Network go to BNN 

For Burlingame CERT go to Burlingame CERT 

For Hillsborough Neighborhood Network go to HNN

For Millbrae CERT go to Millbrae CERT

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