General Preparedness

Volunteers

Work to train and engage volunteers prior to an event.

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  1. Comment
    cathy.prudhomme

    Every fire department, police department, and sheriff's office should have a cadre of trained volunteers with predetermined roles that they will fulfill during emergency situtations.

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    Kristin Beck ( Idea Submitter )

    I would also include citizens. The more people are trained and engaged prior to an event- the less the likelihood for spontaneous volunteers after an event.

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    RICHARD REBER

    Volunteers are the backbone of OUR defense for any and all disasters! All of us must look in the Mirror and determine our status for bing a Volunteer? We can all serve in some capacity.

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    Chris Utzinger

    I agree; however the key is TRAINED volunteers. Just having the heart in the right place is not a sufficient credential for emergency workers. I have worked with volunteer first responders for more than 10 years and have observed that very many well-meaning new volunteers quickly dropped out once they were confronted with the training commitment involved.

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    Chris Utzinger

    I agree; however the key is TRAINED volunteers. Just having the heart in the right place is not a sufficient credential for emergency workers. I have worked with volunteer first responders for more than 10 years and have observed that very many well-meaning new volunteers quickly dropped out once they were confronted with the training commitment involved.

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    Chris Utzinger

    I agree; however the key is TRAINED volunteers. Just having the heart in the right place is not a sufficient credential for emergency workers. I have worked with volunteer first responders for more than 10 years and have observed that very many well-meaning new volunteers quickly dropped out once they were confronted with the training commitment involved.

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    Chris Utzinger

    I agree; however the key is TRAINED volunteers. Just having the heart in the right place is not a sufficient credential for emergency workers. I have worked with volunteer first responders for more than 10 years and have observed that very many well-meaning new volunteers quickly dropped out once they were confronted with the training commitment involved.

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    Robert Ross

    This already exists...between FireCorps/CERT (usually FD based) and VIPS (police based), agencies have the ability to train volunteers to assist - I think the CERT/VIPS idea needs to be better advertsied at the state and federal level - to give people the idea to go check with their local FD/PD and see if they have a program to sign up for.

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    Penny Hulse

    I think it is too expensive and hard to keep folks engaged unless there are regular events that take place. We have trained hundreds of volunteers just to see them go away after a few months or a year because they were not needed.

    If folks want to volunteer and be really useful, they need to volunteer with local hospitals, the health department, police of fire departments so they are in the system and regularly participating with the agency they hope to help during a disaster.

    There will always be room for walk in help during the event...but those that are trained and known are far more valuable.

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    Herbert Gehring

    I have seen the short time-frame kick in, too. Many times it starts early when we have really attracted only the Gung-Hos who are mainly seeking notariaty.

    How do we deal with those and the expedients (walk-ins).

    Constant and "excessive" training classes become tedious for all involved. Nobody ever gets out of "school".

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    Joseph Immermann

    The scope and frequency of disasters has made volunteers a virtual necessity. But they must be trained before, and properly tracked during an incident. Certainly the challenge is to keep them involved and trained without making an unreasonable time demand. That is a delicate but manageable challenge. MRC and CERT need more publicity and support.