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.

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

Position New Volunteers: Courses Required/Recommended ANNUALLY  Returning Volunteers:  Required or Recommended 

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 New Volunteer Orientation and Awareness training.  This basic training teaches you the foundation to be ICS-competent during a disaster.  It is also the path to Butte County Disaster Service Worker certification, which is required during NVADG activation. 

ICS 100 (Completed at Orientation), 200, 700.  Click here for FEMA Online Courses

RECOMMENDED First Year Training:

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Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Intake & Forms, Drill exercise.

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

RECOMMENDED:

Refresher class held the 4th Saturday of January - at least once every two years.

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If you can't attend Refresher class, come to other training classes.  This way you will be aware of procedure changes.

*All Volunteers PLEASE 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 (online), Track Specific training.

RECOMMENDED:

Radio Operations, Fire Line Safety, Hotline/Dispatch/Radio, Intake & Forms, First Aid/CPR (human) and/or great FEMA courses listed below*

REQUIRED:

 Either:  Refresher training every year.  Learn what's new!

RECOMMENDED:

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

RECOMMENDED:

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

 REQUIRED:

Refresher Training everyy two years

Pass Physical Test every two years

Every two years: Fireline Safety, Radio Operational, Evacuation Operational, Drill

RECOMMENDED:

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

NVADG is updating many of its processes.  Evacuation Team members will benefit from coming to all trainings and learning what's new.

IFAW Responders

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Radio Operational, Small Animal Handling, Large Animal Handling, Fireline Safety, 

RECOMMENDED:

All trainings and drills.  You won't be activated to respond with IFAW if we haven't seen your skills and training in action.

 REQUIRED:

Refresher every two years

Current competency in the field.

RECOMMENDED:

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. 

RECOMMENDED:

All Technical Rescue trainings and drills.

 

REQUIRED:

Refresher class every two years.

Attend minimum of four Tech Rescue trainings every year.

Submit a new Physical Test every two years.

Annual Skills Assessment every year.

 

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, Intake, Forms, ICS 800.

RECOMMENDED:

Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.  See online FEMA classes below.

REQUIRED:

16-hour January Orientation and Awareness training.

Fireline Safety every 3 years, Swiftwater Awareness every 3 years.

RECOMMENDED:

Every training and drill NVADG schedules. 

Outside courses on working with emergency agencies, leadership, and animal welfare during disasters.  See online FEMA classes below.

 

To drive NVADG Trucks & Trailers:  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.

 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

During Emergency

If this is an emergency, please call our hotline at 530-895-0000.  Emails are not monitored regularly when we are busy working active evacuations.

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Mailing Address

NVADG
PO Box 441
Chico, CA 95927-0441 USA

Hotline

(530) 895-0000