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During ordinary disaster incidents only trained NVADG Disaster Service Worker volunteers are activated for emergency sheltering and evacuation.  The Camp fire was an exception, as were the 2008 complex fires.

This is because volunteers must be familar with the Incident Command System, hygene and disinfecting protocols, animal handling/tracking best practices and MOST IMPORTANT - have a background check completed and be certified as a Butte County Disaster Service Worker. Other functions such as Evacuation, Radio Operators, Dispatchers and leadership have advanced skills and experience.  

If necessary, NVADG will call on help from "convergent volunteers" who are placed through local assistance agencies.  That system was last needed during the weeks-long fires in the summer of 2008, and the CAMP Fire in November of 2018.

NVADG volunteers make a commitment of time and training expense.  Training takes place over most weekends February through May.  There are also weeknight trainings.  Volunteers pay a fee ($100 for Butte County residents, $250 for other County residents) for annual training, plus are required to buy uniform shirts.  They commit to dropping everything to respond to activations that happen 24 hours a day in hot Sacramento Valley heat.  That's why we are so proud of NVADG volunteers!  They work hard to get paid nothing!

If you think you want to make this commitment too, our next 16-hour New Volunteer training will be held January 19 and 20, 2019.  The cost is $100 for Butte County residents and $250 for non-Butte County residents. 

  • The price difference is to cover the $150 backgound check.  Butte County pays for county residents; NVADG pays the $150 fee for non-county residents. 
  • There are no refunds, so when you register and pay, be sure to keep that weekend free!  Of course, if you don't make it you will receive a Donation Receipt as your fee will revert to a donation to NVADG.

When you're ready to register and pay, go to our Calendar and follow the instructions!

Paperwork and handouts will be sent to registered attendees in January.

Thank you for your interest!


** If you have already registered and just need to pay, New 2019 Volunteers can pay here.  Use your credit card or debit card or your PayPal account:

Pay Here, Specify County of Residence





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