Disaster Assistance Response, or DART, is a team of local citizens that want to help make a difference.
What is DART?
It’s not a matter of “what,” it’s a matter of who. The Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is a well-organized team of trained, local citizens who volunteer their time and energy to help local government and public safety agencies in assisting and serving the Conejo Valley and Ventura County of Southern California.
DART receives its funds from the City of Thousand Oaks and is administered by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. The sheriff, police, and fire departments call upon DART to assist in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
DART Needs Volunteers!
The goals and objectives of a DART volunteer are to have a knowledge of and training in Earthquake Preparedness, Basic FirstAid, Disaster Psychology, Hazardous Material Awareness, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Urban Search and Rescue, Radio Communications, Fire Suppression Techniques, Traffic Control Techniques, and ATC-20 Safety Assessment.
- To recruit, train, maintain, and stay an active member of this team and uphold the goals.
- Establish, maintain, promote, and educate the community about how to respond and react to certain disasters.
- Provide community service to the City of Thousand Oaks through the direction of DART.
- The full core course consists of the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) course, designed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). This course lasts seven weeks and is taught by the Ventura County FireDepartment. An additional five weeks of DART Core classes taught by Ventura County Sheriff‘s Department, Thousand Oaks Police Department, Ventura County Fire Department, and DART members.
A general DART meeting is held every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9:00 P.M. and held in the Community Room at the TOPD.
Just contact the Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation in Thousand Oaks, California to learn more about how you can keep the people in your area safe and wish to join DART.