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Each year, the National Disaster Communication Response Team (NDCRT) responds to several hundreds of disasters, the greatest number of which are fire incidents. As a volunteer organization of dedicated and trained workers and firefighters, this non-profit organization proudly serves the densely populated cities of California. When called upon in a fire disaster, the expert volunteer firefighters and and emergency medical service (EMS) providers respond immediately and provide rapid emergency relief for the greatest number of people affected by the disaster. The NDCRT promotes safety and fire education and prepares neighborhoods and community groups with basic emergency skills to make themselves enable to help themselves in the time of emergency. Having trained in basic disaster skills, victims can escape from a fire or survive until first responders or other assistance can reach them.


Several people die every year from a home fire, collapses, burning buildings and other such situations. When a disaster strikes, the primary mission of the NDCRT would be to put out and contain hazardous fires, rescue people from the collapse and reduce fire-related deaths and injuries. The duties of NDCRT firefighters also involve to locate the victims trapped in structural collapses and extricate them from the hazardous situation. Established in late 80s, the organization is regarded as a ‘multi-hazard" discipline, as it may be called upon for search and rescue operations in a variety of large-scale emergencies as well as natural and manmade disasters, including structure/building demolition, home and wood fire, building collapses, earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, storms and tornadoes, technological accidents, hazardous materials events, water rescue, and other life threatening situations.


The NDCRT has accomplished most of its goals and missions with the help of well-trained and compassionate professionals who are extensively trained to respond effectively and decrease the number and severity of all fires and disasters. The NDCRT is a team of the extensively trained and highly motivated individual who understand the significance of emergency response and rapid search and rescue of victims trapped in wild or home fire, or in mines and collapsed trenches. The team members, including firefighters, engineers, medical professionals, canine/handler experts are provided with highly specialized training in basic first responder techniques including fire suppression, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations. They are also trained to equip themselves efficiently and wuickly to attend the emergency in time.


By some estimates, an average of three children die in home fires each day in the United States, and nearly 3,600 children suffer injuries in house fires each year. The vast majority of child fire deaths are attributed to the non functioning of smoke detectors at home. The NDCRT offers the following tips for keeping your home, children and neighborhood safe from fire:

·       Install a smoke detector in your home and check it from time to time to make sure that it is in working condition. Immediately replace its old or missing batteries.

·       Only burn chopped wood, and not the pine boughs, papers or cardboards, in your fireplace or wood stove.

·       Get your chimney connections inspected by a professional. If necessary, get them cleaned before lighting a fire.

·       Don’t place lit candles near young children or pets.

·       Keep your space heaters at least a three feet distance from curtains, furniture and other objects.

·       Use only flame-retardant materials.

·       Always keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher ready.


In summary, the National Disaster Communication Response Team’s mission is to protect life, prevent injury to people and prevent property damage through effective response, fire prevention, staff support, personnel services, as well as public education programs and community preparedness. Find more about the organization’s rescue efforts at  

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