Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson takes on San Francisco!

Earthquakes, tsunamis, and aftershocks oh my! The “Big One” finally befalls San Francisco in Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, San Andreas. Without giving away any spoilers, the trailer makes certain to convey the mayhem and destruction following the 9.6 magnitude earthquake depicted in the film. San Francisco sure does get rocked! Seeing and hearing about this film led many who were witness to the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 shudder, after all, could we really be facing a 9.6 magnitude quake in the future? A tsunami that brings down the Golden Gate Bridge? (FYI, The San Andreas fault is not long and deep enough to have a magnitude 9 or larger earthquake and cannot cannot create a big tsunami as depicted in the movie.)

This Friday, May 29th 2015 at 6:10 p.m. the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management in partnership with Film SF will be hosting a special screening of San Andreas at the Presidio Theater. We invite the general public to come and watch with us alongside earthquake science and emergency management professionals who post-film will host a Q & A which will help separate fact from fiction.


On Tuesday evening after seeing the film, Dr. Lucy Jones, a Seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey expressed, “Documentaries educate while movies entertain.” San Andreas will be no exception! This will be a fun and lighthearted event which will bring in community members, specialists, and elected officials to watch our beloved City featured in a major motion film, in addition to highlighting emergency management and disaster relief work.

Our hope is to dispel some of the more frightening aspects of the film from concerned San Franciscans, as well as to take this opportunity to focus on preparedness and community connection. Because disasters look more like cities coming together than falling apart, in times of distress and disaster it will be essential to lean on and help those around you.

So, please join us this Friday for a fun-filled movie going experience (who doesn’t love a good disaster flick, right?!) and enjoy a setting that combines entertainment and reality to educate us about the earth science of our fault lines; and empower us to know what to before, during, and after an emergency.

P.S. We will also have a special guest in attendance ready to sweep you off your feet!


The Awards Go To…

DEM EMS Strong Logo 3 Inches

San Francisco’s emergency medical service (EMS) professionals rush every day to the scenes of emergencies to assist in what might be someone’s darkest hour.  Wednesday May 20 is our opportunity to honor their achievements, which often go unnoticed.

Our City’s EMS honorees represent paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers, educators, and emergency room providers.  Collectively they are shining examples of San Francisco’s emergency medical services community.

EMS Community Service Award
University San Francisco Emergency Medical Response Service

The EMS Community Service Award is presented to community members not employed by EMS system providers who have demonstrated leadership, compassion, and proficiency in providing emergency care for patients.  The University of San Francisco’s Emergency Medical Response Service is this year’s honoree.  USF developed their first on-campus EMS response service run by students and developed a community outreach plan to provide CPR, first aid, and disaster response training.

EMS Hospital Provider Award
UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Operation Move Team

The EMS Hospital Provider Award is presented to hospital-based providers for their exemplary care of EMS patients and their efforts on behalf of EMS field providers in building the teamwork that patients need to recover from their crises.  The UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Operations Move Team planned and executed a safe move for more than 130 patients from UCSF’s Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses to the new Benioff Children’s Hospital campus with minimal impact on EMS services.  As result of their advanced planning, disaster preparedness was enhanced at all sites.

EMS Dispatcher Award
Chancellor Mateo, EMD

The EMS Dispatcher Award is presented for service to patients calling in time of need for medical emergencies above and beyond the normal duties of EMS dispatch.  Chancellor Mateo was selected by his peers for 12 years of outstanding performance as a dispatcher and dispatch trainer.

EMS Field Provider Award
Anthony Dumont, EMT-P

The EMS Field Provider Award is presented to an active Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic who provides excellent care to patients in need in a compassionate, professional and exemplary manner.  Anthony Dumont, EMT-P receives this honor for outstanding performance as a public safety provider in law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical care.  Anthony is a leader in the development of medical support to tactical situations.

Raymond Lim Excellence to EMS Award
Megan Corry, San Francisco City College

Raymond Lim Excellence in EMS is presented to an individual to honor a career spent in caring for EMS patients in an exemplary and extraordinary way.  True to the spirit of Raymond Lim, a pioneer in establishing quality care in California EMS, Megan Corry has dedicated her 20-year career to emergency medical services in the field and in the classroom.  Megan trains future EMS professional as the Program Director of City College of San Francisco’s nationally accredited paramedic training program.

Congratulations to all of our honorees!  Thank you for your service to San Francisco.

Inspired?  Attend San Francisco’s Emergency Medical Services Open House at City College of San Francisco on May 20, from noon to 4:00 p.m.   San Francisco’s EMS providers and professionals will be on hand to answer your questions.  For more information about the San Francisco Emergency Medical Services Open House, Job Fair, andAwards visit:

One Day in San Francisco: On Call with the City’s EMS Professionals

Intro by Daniella Cohen

The San Francisco Emergency Medical Services Awards is sure to be one of the highlights of EMS Open House on Wednesday May 20th.  The awards honor the exceptional work of San Francisco’s emergency medical services community.  In future posts, we’ll highlight the work of each our awardees.

Speaking on shining light on some of our EMS All Stars…please meet Kaitlin Parks. Kaitlin is a recent alumni of San Francisco’s EMS community. By night Kaitlin was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the San Francisco Fire Department, and by day she was a professional dancer. In a video that was produced in partnership with One Day in San Francisco and One Day Earth we follow Kaitlin and her colleagues through the night as they pull back the curtain on what it means to be an emergency medical professional in the City. We glean a greater understanding of the sacrifice and commitment they make to protect others and the discipline they exhibit in responding professionally and quickly to help people in their darkest hours.

Kaitlin’s experience as an EMT in San Francisco inspired her to pursue a career in medicine.  Immediately following the EMS Awards Ceremony, Kaitlin will make the cross country drive to begin her studies at Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. According to U.S. News & World Report, the college is among the best medical osteopathic schools in the country.  Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Check out her short film “On Call With SFFD Paramedics.” You never know, this might be you one day!

On Call with SFFD Paramedics from Rebekah Fergusson on Vimeo.

Inspired?  Attend San Francisco’s Emergency Medical Services Open House at City College of San Francisco on May 20th, from 12pm-4pm.  San Francisco’s EMS providers and professionals will be on hand to answer your questions.

For more information about the San Francisco Emergency Medical Services Open House, Job Fair, & Awards visit:

This short film was produced in partnership with One Day in SF and One Day on Earth. All footage was shot in the wee hours of Saturday, April 26, 2014. Directed/Shot/Edited by Rebekah Fergusson. Music by William Ryan Fritch. Special thanks to Kaitlin Parks, Matt Bean, and the SFFD for allowing a filmmaker into their world for the night.