Register for 2019 Volunteer Training!

We are ready to register volunteers for New Volunteer Training and returning volunteers for Annual Refresher Training.   NVADG evacuation in process

Everyone is welcome to our Annual Volunteer Dinner (no-host) on Saturday January 19.  This is a terrific chance for new and returning volunteers to meet and get to know more about each other and the organization.  Hope you can make it!  Click here to register.

Being a NVADG volunteer is filled with lots of training, hard work and amazing personal satisfaction.  As an all-volunteer organization we need everyone, and every volunteer makes a difference.  All it takes is availability and a desire to get involved.  There are plenty of jobs to be done in outreach, administration, sheltering, evacuation, equipment care, training, volunteer support and more.  Join with us, register today!

Thank you!

 

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.

 

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

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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NVADG
PO Box 441
Chico, CA 95927-0441 USA

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(530) 895-0000