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First responders, volunteers recognized at Portland City Council meeting

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From storms to flooding, and even a gas explosion, October was a busy month for first responders. Those first responders and volunteers were recognized at the Portland City Council meeting.

More than 160 volunteers with the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams program, also called NET, were honored on Thursday.

Those volunteers were a huge help to first responders during the wind storms and northwest Portland gas explosion last month.

During the storms, volunteers warned people of downed power lines, freeing up firefighters to respond to more important calls.

After the gas explosion in NW Portland, NET volunteers helped police by monitoring the perimeter of the explosion site and standing ready to help with traffic and other problems.

"We also have learned a lot and we're going to continue to learn a lot from these incidences, because they'll be another surprise someday and we want to be ready and to do as well that time as everyone did in this case," said Mayor Charlie Hales.

Portland NET is a volunteer program open to anyone 16 and older who lives or works in the city. 

There are currently over 1,000 active volunteers and almost 1,500 people on a waitlist for training.

If you would like to be a part of NET, keep in mind all volunteers must complete 30 hours of training before being deployed to help out with incidents in Portland.

Those who are a part of the program learn a little bit of everything, like basic search and rescue, medical triage, small firefighting, and how to quickly turn off utilities like gas and water.

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