Councilmember announcements below, including:- EMS Corps for 18-24 year old men
– Breathmobile at Malcolm X Elementary
– Fire prevention week
– Free compost for Berkeley residents

– Pumpkin patch dash

From: Washington, Charlene <CWashington>

Date: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM


Here are a few news and calendar items that might be of interest.

The Emergency Medical Services Corps (EMS Corps) is currently accepting applications for the January 2013 class.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented emergency medical technicians through job training and development. EMS Corps is a 5 month paid (stipend) program for young men between the ages of 18 to 24. EMS Corps students will be trained and educated through daily classes, tutoring, Life Coaching, mentorship support, physical fitness, and will also participate in professional and career development workshops.

If you know of any young men between the ages of 18-24 who may be interested in participating in our program, please have them fill out the application below. The deadline for the application is October 31, 2012.

Please click on the following link to access the EMS Corps Application.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lucretia Bobo, EMS Corps Program Coordinator, at or at (510) 667-7413.

Thank you.

Emergency Medical Services


Northern California Breathmobile Comes to Berkeley! Students at Malcolm X Elementary are breathing a little easier. On Thursday, October 18, the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJCCE), in partnership with the Berkeley Unified School District and the City of Berkeley Public Health Division, held the first of many school-based asthma clinics in Berkeley. Asthma is one of the leading health causes of school absenteeism, especially in elementary students. The goal is to keep children healthy so that they are able to participate and learn in school. The Breathmobile clinic engages parents in their child’s care, and reaches out to the students’ primary health-care providers. Coordination among parents, school, and health care services is critical to keeping children with asthma healthy and in school.

"We know that healthy children do better in school, and children who do better in school are healthier throughout their lives," said City of Berkeley Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman, M.D., M.P.H. "The Breathmobile is an exciting step forward in addressing the needs of children with asthma. The program at Malcolm X started with 17 students, and that’s a great beginning."

"There are so many diseases that we cannot control, but asthma is a controllable disease," said Dr. Washington Burns, Executive Director of the PJCCE. "By having the Breathmobile, we can drastically reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations, school absenteeism, reduce medical costs, and decrease morbidity and mortality of asthma by teaching children and their parents how to control their asthma. We are also increasing children’s academic performance."

About the Breathmobile
The Breathmobile is owned and operated by the PJCCE and is a free mobile asthma clinic that provides diagnosis, education, and treatment for children with asthma. It is equipped with an intake station, testing area for vital signs including lung function measurement, allergy testing, and an exam room. It is staffed by asthma and allergy specialists including a pediatric allergist, registered nurse, and respiratory therapist. Also on board are two computer systems: a health risk assessment system and an electronic medical records system.

For more information
To learn more about the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc., and the Breathmobile, please visit

If you are a resident looking for information about asthma resources in the community, please contact Victoria Lopez at (510) 981-7687.


Fire Prevention Week: Fire Prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and promote fire awareness. This year’s theme "Have Two Ways Out" is a reminder to the Berkeley community to have an escape plan and determine two ways out of the building in case of fire. Most fires or injuries can be prevented by following a few simple suggestions.

  • Have two ways out of your home and practice your escape plan with your family or roommates.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Batteries should be changed and tested every six months. 62% of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of reported home fires and home injuries since 1990. Check and turn off your stove and oven before leaving your home.
  • Make sure candles are mounted in a secure nonflammable base that will not tip easily. Never leave a candle unattended or where young children can reach them. In 2010, candles caused 3% of home fires and 4% of home fire deaths nationwide.
  • Improperly discarded smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths. Use ash trays and properly extinguish smoking materials to prevent ignition of combustible materials.

For more information, please stop by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center at 2180 Milvia Street and view the static display or contact the fire.


Saturday, October 27: Free Compost for Berkeley Residents

Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Cost: $0.00
Contact: Berkeley Marina Office
Telephone: 510-981-6740
Sponsor: Berkeley Marina
Venue Name: Berkeley Marina
Location: 201 University Avenue


Sunday, October 28: Pumpkin Patch Dash: The City of Berkeley, Recreation Division, is having its Annual Pumpkin Patch Dash, Youth Races and Halloween Carnival, for all youth, in kindergarten through 8th grade. Come to the MLK Middle School Track for games, prizes, face painting and more! There will be boys and girls divisions in each grade levels. T-shirts and goodie bags will be given out to participants on first come, first served basis, at the registration table. All participants will be given certificates and top winners in each category will receive a special Berkeley Recreation medal.


Charlene Washington, Legislative Aide, District 3
Councilmember Max Anderson
2180 Milvia Street, 5th Floor , Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510.981.7130/Fax: 510.981.7133


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