On behalf of the City of Benicia and the Benicia Fire Department we would like to welcome you to the Benicia Emergency Response Team (BERT) training. BERT is based on a simple observation: in major emergencies, professional emergency services are overloaded immediately. If a mass emergency traps or injures just 2% of our city's inhabitants, there are instantly 560 victims, many with major injuries. Communication lines, roads, electricity and other services may fail, hampering emergency services, and interfering with fuel and material supplies. The benefit of having trained volunteers to assist our local first responders is quite clear.