During ordinary disaster incidents only trained NVADG Disaster Service Worker (DSW) volunteers are activated for emergency sheltering and evacuation.
NVADG works with Emergency Services within the Federal Incident Command System. Volunteers train all year on processes unique to emergency response during disasters. Team members depend on each other to know what and how to follow protocols. This knowledge is essential to keep yourself safe, keep your team safe, and keep the animals safe. For these reasons and more, Volunteers are trained and certified DSWs with a background check.
To become trained, and go through the Disaster Service Worker process, volunteers take a 16-hour Orientation and Awareness training. This is offered every January on the 3rd weekend. After the initial January training, all volunteers train Februray through May to prepare for the fire season.
Want to become NVADG-trained? Clear your calendar for the 3rd weekend in January - both Saturday and Sunday. Registration opens around mid-November. Watch for more information!