Training Guidelines

We train all year to be prepared to respond to an event we pray will never happen.

NVADG volunteers are called to action during emergencies. We work in hazardous situations and deal with stressed animals. To keep everyone safe, training is essential and required. The level of training required depends on the level of risk.

Returning Volunteers, please note:  In 2015 NVADG was recognized as the Go-To Animal Evacuation and Emergency Shelter response team.  This put volunteers in disaster response situations outside the full NVADG support system.  For that reason, volunteers eligible for mutual aid response must attend the annual 16-hour Awareness training every year.  For those who want to stick to Butte County sheltering only - and you have enormous value! - you need to do a 3-hour refresher only.

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Position New (2017) Volunteers: Courses Required/Suggested ANNUALLY  Returning Volunteers:  Required/Suggested ANNUALLY

Basic Crew for Sheltering

These courses qualify volunteers for the most labor-intensive NVADG function:  Providing emergency sheltering for large and small animals.

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.  This includes becoming a certified Disaster Service Worker, which is a requirement for any activation with NVADG.

ICS 100 (Completed at Orientation), 200, 700.  Click here for FEMA Online Courses

SUGGESTED:

Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Intake & Forms.  Heat Illness

REQUIRED:

Either:  Both days of the 16-hour January training OR just Saturday Jan 21 OR Jan 28 3-hour refresher

If you can't attend the above, you must attend one of the scenario trainings.  This way you will be aware of procedure changes.

SUGGESTED:

Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Heat Illness, Intake & Forms, attend all scenarios.

Supervisory

Example: Incident Commander, Group Supervisor, Shelter Managers, Leaders, Volunteer Coordinator, Mutual Aid

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operations, ICS 800, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling.  Heat Illness (when offered)

SUGGESTED:

Fire Line Safety, Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Intake & Forms, First Aid/CPR (human) and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

REQUIRED:

 Either:  Both days of the 16-hour January training OR just Saturday Jan 21 OR Jan 28 3-hour refresher

SUGGESTED:

Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Intake & Forms, First Aid/CPR (human), Radio Operations and all drills.  Frankly, training is the only way you will be effective during an incident activation.

 Evacuation Team and Mutual-Aid Work

*Due to the danger involved in emergency evacuation, Team members need clearance for skills and physical endurance.

 REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Intake & Forms, Heat Illness (when offered)

SUGGESTED:

Swiftwater Awareness, Animal First Aid, First Aid/CPR (human), Shelter Operational and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

 

REQUIRED:

Either:  Both days of the 16-hour January training OR just Saturday Jan 21 OR Jan 28 3-hour refresher

Fireline Safety every 3 years, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years.

SUGGESTED:

Radio Operational, Intake & Forms, Heat Illness and attend every drill. 

 

IFAW Responders

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Heat Illness (when offered)

SUGGESTED:

Swiftwater Awareness, First Aid/CPR (human) and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

 REQUIRED:

16-hour annual training every January. 

Fireline Safety every 3 years if you're responding to wildfire situations.

SUGGESTED:

All trainings and drills.  You won't be activated to respond with IFAW if we haven't seen your skills and training in action.

 

Technical Rescue Team - Butte County

 

*Due to the danger involved in emergency technical rescue, Team members need clearance for skills and physical endurance

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Boat Operations Introduction, Flatwater/Slackwater/Floodwater Introduction, Swiftwater Introduction, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, First Aid/CPR, LARO

NVADG Tech Rescue Team trains the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Must do: TAR, Swift water, Boats. 

SUGGESTED:

Swiftwater II, High Angle Rope Rescue, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years, Helo Dunker

 

 

 

REQUIRED:

16-hour annual training.

BIRG Drills: (6) Must do 2 per year.  Over The Edge(OTE), Swift water, Technical Animal Rescue (TAR), Air Ops. 

Air Ops (12): Must do 2 per year. 3rd Saturday of the month. 

BCSAR OTE (12): Must do 6 per year. 3rd Tuesday of the month. 

Annual Skills Assessment:  BIRG or "in-house" Must do once per year.

NVADG Tech Rescue Team trains the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Must do: TAR, Swift water, Boats. 

Disciplines: OTE, TAR, Swift water, Boats, Helo Awareness.

 

Incident Commander

Group Supervisor

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Heat Stress, ICS 800, Forms

SUGGESTED:

ICS 300, First Aid/CPR, PIO/Media, FEMA IS244.B Managing and Developing Volunteers or * any of the other great FEMA IS courses (see below)

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Fireline Safety every 3 years, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years.

SUGGESTED:

Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.

 

To drive NVADG Trucks & Trailers:  A minimum of class A driver's license is required for the IFAW/NVADG Truck/Trailer, a minimum class B licenses is required for the Initial Attack Trailer, a class C license qualifies for the Technical Rescue, Livestock and Outreach Trailers.  Drivers are highly valued and needed, but you must pass a NVADG driver's test to be approved to drive or tow NVADG equipment.

 More info: ICS (incident Command System) courses are identified as "IS" in the FEMA course directory.
ICS 200: Basic Incident Command System,
ICS 300: Intermediate Incident Command System
ICS 700: National Incident Management System
ICS 800: National Response Plan (NRP)

 * Great FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Independent Study Program (ISP) Courses

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Chico, CA 95927-0441 USA

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