Annual Refresher Training for Returning Volunteers 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020 is the annual NVADG volunteer refresher training.  Plan to be there!   

Annual Returning Volunteer Refresher Training
Saturday, January 25, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center
5131 Royal Oaks Dr, Orovile

We have done a ton of work since the Camp Fire to improve our response.  This includes new processes, new equipment and new key volunteers for functions.  The annual training fee for 2020 is $50 and covers all standard training.

Here is what returning volunteers should do to register:

#1:  Pay your annual training fee via our PayPal online payment system.  Thank you for helping cover the cost of providing training!

2020 Volunteer Training

 

#2:  Log in to your Better Impact Volunteer Page and sign up under "Opportunities".  While you're there check your profile and be sure the information is correct.  

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Unprecedented; the Animal Disaster Rescue Response    

On November 8, 2018, whatever plans folks who volunteer with NVADG had for the day changed at 7:22 a.m. with a WhatsApp message from "JT" titled  Camp Fire Critical ROS.  A fire from Pulga had Concow evacuating and in the next 40 minutes, the entire town of Paradise would be under evacuation orders as well.    

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NVADG Volunteers Get Hands-On Training with Live Animals

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says that 68 percent of U.S. households owned some sort of pet in 2016. While many of us who are pet owners think we understand animal behavior through our own pets, much more knowledge is needed for NVADG volunteers working under disaster conditions.

Butte County Animal Control and the Northwest SPCA recently presented the Small Animal Handling class for a group of NVADG volunteers and topics covered included cat handling/loading, dog handling, dog loading, and an introduction to aggressive dog handling.

When asked “what is the most common mistake folks make when handling animals in the field?” Butte County Animal Control Program Manager Ryan Soulsby, RVT, said “it’s remembering that we are entering the animals’ territory and we have to proceed with that in mind. In the shelter we have to remember that the animals are stressed and will not act the same as when they are at home. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometime a bad thing.” Soulsby feels that “this class offers a wide range of experiences that many volunteers may already know but have never thought about in a tangible way. The volunteers get hands-on training with a live animal to help teach our basic protocols in a real-life situation. Anyone can tell you to watch the door, so no animals get out, but it isn’t until you get in the kennel with four Chihuahua’s that all want out for you to really see it in action.”

NVADG volunteer Quené Hansen feels that she while she has taken a proactive approach to her own pet ownership, she did appreciate the opportunity to test out some of the tools employed by animal control, “specifically, the snappy-snares and the stiff leash. Being shown the larger live trap was a new resource for me, too.” She added that “Gaining the skills to help other agencies with the disasters that impact them is an amazing opportunity and I am thankful my schedule is flexible enough that I am able to take advantage of the brain trust available to us with NVADG.”

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.

 ** NOTE:  These are the 2019 Guidelines and will be updated for 2020 in the near future **

Position New (2019) 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

*All Volunteers Must Help With At Least ONE Outreach Event Each Year *  (Our most successful evacuation is the  one we don't have to make).

REQUIRED:

Refresher class Saturday January 26, 2019

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.

*All Volunteers Must Help With At Least ONE Outreach Event Each Year *  (Our most successful evacuation is the  one we don't have to make).

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.

Pass Physical Test

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Intake & Forms, Animal First Aid, Small and Large Shelter, Evacuation Operational, Human CPR/First Aid.

Drill

SUGGESTED:

Other classes and any of the great FEMA courses listed below*

 

REQUIRED:

Refresher Training

Pass Physical Test

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, Intake & Forms, Animal First Aid, Small and Large Shelter, Evacuation Operational, Human First Aid/CPR

Drill

SUGGESTED:

Other classes and any of the great FEMA courses listed below*


 

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

New volunteer information

During ordinary disaster incidents only trained NVADG Disaster Service Worker volunteers are activated for emergency sheltering and evacuation.  Registration is open for our once-a-year New Volunteer 16-hour Training.

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General Forms

 

Here's where NVADG posts the instructions, forms, protocols and checklists we use in preparation for, and during, an incident.  Bookmark this page so you can find it when you need it! 

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Hotline / Duty Officers: Where it all begins. Join us!

Everything about being a NVADG volunteer is rewarding.

Hotline operators know being the first voice of NVADG during an activation is over-the-top rewarding!  It's an ideal position for people who have flexibility to answer the phone during weekdays as well as weekends. 

Find out how you can be part of the elite team of disaster workers who are rarely seen but make a giant impact!

Come to the 2019 16-hour NVADG volunteer orientation and awareness training on January 19 and 20 and learn more.

 

 

IFAW Information

NVADG has been active in California and across the country working with local organizations everywhere to save animals during times of disaster and upheaval. Now, we have partnered with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to rescue animals from dangerous situations caused by nature and by people. 

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ICS Forms

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group works in coordination with emergency services including local Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. All of these agencies have adopted the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMMS) which incorporates the Incident Command System (ICS).

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ICS Information

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group works in coordination with emergency services including local Law Enforcement and Fire Departments. All of these agencies have adopted the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMMS) which incorporates the Incident Command System (ICS).

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Oiled Wildlife Care Network

The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN).

This is an exciting development!

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation and research, and is an outstanding example of what's possible when diverse institutions and organizations work collaboratively toward a common goal. It just makes sense that NVADG trained volunteers would make great OWCN volunteers.

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Technical Rescue Group

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has recently invested considerable time, training, and resources into getting NVADG personnel ready to rescue animals during floods and swiftwater disasters.

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Chico, CA 95927-0441 USA

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