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Victoria Chames served eight years (1987-1995) as a firefighter and officer with Alameda County O.E.S. Fire Department, including two years as Fire Training Officer and four years as Emergency Medical Services Officer.


She taught Citizens' Disaster Preparedness First Aid for two years in a program co-sponsored by City of Berkeley Fire Dept. and Alta Bates Medical Center, and was Director of Fire Med, a California EMSA Continuing Education program for EMT & Paramedic in Alameda County (Ca EMSA CE Provider #01-0022, 1995-2003). She has experience in Fire, ambulance, and hospial Emergency Care, and worked as an Emergency Room Technician for more than 20 years.

In 1996 she created the unique course, Disaster First Aid©- What To Do When 911 Can't Come, composed of the most-critical essentials-only, designed for citizens and volunteers. She began teaching this course for community groups and private schools. While teaching, she wrote the Handbook Disaster First Aid (1996). In 1998 she created a complete Instructor Kit of clear, concise, user-friendly Teaching Materials with an 80-slide detailed Powerpoint Course Presentation. By 2007, DFA had been developed into a complete Training System, now in its 4th Edition.

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Disaster First Aid© has been taught in 42 U.S. cities, either independently or as a component of West Coast Medical Reserves Corps, U.S. CERT programs, the State of Alaska's Dept. of Public Health ESAR-VHP program, Canadian provinces of B.C. and Ontario, Haiti, New Delhi India, and Jakarta Indonesia


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