SF Hero: Lt. Erica Arteseros, San Francisco Fire Department
This is the first in a series of DEM Blogs that will highlight a San Francisco Hero. For those of you who don’t get our reference, we recently launched an iPhone and soon to be Android smart phone app called SF Heroes. The app is dedicated to promoting community preparedness and resilience. If you haven’t checked it out, we hope you will—and share it with your fellow heroes. And for those of you who have an Android smart phone, your version of SF Heroes will be ready this spring. SF Heroes can be found in the iTunes store.
With the virtual rise of SF Heroes (those who download the app and earn badges to become SF Heroes), we also want to recognize heroes among us who promote resilience to emergencies and/or disasters or have done something extraordinary to support their community. We are honored to kick-off this special DEM Blog highlighting SF Hero: San Francisco Fire Department Lieutenant Erica Arteseros.
This year’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Awards were awesome. True, they always are, but this one in particular was awesome.
Why? We think it is because San Francisco Neighborhood Response Team (NERT) was recognized twice. First for receiving a standing award called the Exemplary NERT Leadership Award; congratulations to Diane Rivera who received this one. And the second, also a standing award, is called the Most Empowering City Employee Award. Lieutenant Arteseros with San Francisco Fire Department and NERT leader earned this award. We say amen!
When asked about earning this award, Lieutenant Arteseros humbly shared “I am most appreciative of this award. It really means a lot to me that members of the San Francisco community chose to recognize me as empowering. I do not do so alone and it is them that inspire me!”
Lieutenant Arteseros is responsible for one of San Francisco’s most important resident-focused disaster preparedness programs, NERT. NERT is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco. It teaches hands-on disaster skills that help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team. She works tirelessly to promote NERT trainings throughout San Francisco. She does the work of many to do so. Thanks to Lieutenant Arteseros, San Francisco has thousands and thousands of trained individuals who can assist in light search and rescue during times of emergency.