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About the DART Team


DART's purpose is to assist the City of Thousand Oaks in:

  • Educating and promoting disaster and emergency safety awareness to all citizens;
  • Providing assistance, as needed, for community and disaster response to the City, County and State Office of Emergency Services.


        Conceptually introduced in the Thousand Oaks area in late 1992, the DART program was adopted by the City Council in early 1993.   Initial core training began in May 1993.

        Today DART has more than 40 active members who meet and train monthly. 

        The cities of Westlake Village and Camarillo also have DART teams.  The Mutual Aid Network assures that the cities will support one another in an emergency.

Our Bylaws and SOPs:

  • Our Bylaws, as of 06/22/2006
  • Our Code of Conduct and Ethics, as of 06/22/2006
  • Our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as of 06/27/2008


    • Earthquake Preparedness and Response

    • Fire Suppression Training

    • First Aid / CPR / AED Certification

    • Disaster Psychology

    • Urban Search and Rescue

    • Hazardous Materials Awareness

    • and much more!

    DART Meeting Information

    The General Meeting is open to the public, and is conducted on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00PM.  Meetings generally last about 2 hours, and are usually held in the Community Room at the Thousand Oaks Police Department, East County Sheriff's Station.
       This is where training, community education and involvement, and other subjects are discussed.  


            DART's goal is to have knowledgeable members trained in earthquake preparedness, basic disaster psychology, basic first aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, urban search and rescue (USAR), fire suppression techniques, hazardous material awareness, emergency radio communications, traffic control techniques and safety assessment.

            We need your help!   DART provides FREE professional training for new members in all these vital functions.   Volunteers in other areas, including clerical help, publicity, and community awareness are also necessary to sustain this crucial program.

            You are invited to participate in the Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team.   If you can volunteer your time, and you are over 18 years of age, the community needs you!   If you would like more information on DART operations, or would like to make a donation of money or materials contact us today.   Thank you!

            Click here for our DART application form.

    Thousand Oaks Police
    East County Sheriff's Station
    DART Police Liaison Officer: Sgt. Eric Hatlee
    2101 E. Olsen Road
    Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.   91360
    (805) 373-2316


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