Volunteers during training

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. Not all positions are a good match for every volunteer, but there is a NVADG position for every volunteer.

All Volunteers are highly encouraged to attend the Annual Refresher every January. It is the 4th Saturday in January.

Training Guidelines Chart, 2023

Using NVADG Forklifts:  You’ll need to be Forklift Certified to operate the warehouse forklifts.  See the Standard Operating Guidelines for training material; the training video is available to NVADG volunteers in Volunteer Impact under Profiles/Training.  Forklift Certification can be recognized between California CART Coalition volunteers.

Trailers, Trucks and Evacuation Hauling:  To drive NVADG Trucks & Tow NVADG Trailers you must be approved. A minimum of class A driver’s license is required for the IFAW/NVADG Truck/Trailer.  Initial Attack Trailer requires a 3/4 truck and good trailer-pulling skills.  Drivers are highly valued and needed, but you must pass a NVADG driver’s test to be approved to drive or tow NVADG equipment.  See Standard Operating Guidelines for Hauling Trailers Certification.

Self Study, Incident Command System.  ICS (incident Command System) courses are identified as “IS” in the FEMA course directory.

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