Saturday, January 18, 2014

Red Cross Keeps on Training

Being prepared for an emergency is important for everyone and nobody prepares better than the American Red Cross. Nearly 100 Volunteers from Colorado and Wyoming met for three days at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Training Center in Colorado Springs to learn how they can prepare and improve their disaster response skills.
Volunteers register for the
Disaster Academy

The Disaster Academy was coordinated by Larry Cornett, who serves as the Lead Volunteer for training at the Pikes Peak Chapter. "We like to think of this as taking the best volunteers and making them better," Cornett said. "We really want to thank the USOC for allowing us to use their facilities so that our volunteers could take several classes all in one place."

Instructor Jeanie Ahrens teaches
the Disaster Services Overview Class
Training is a high priority for all Red Cross volunteers in the Colorado & Wyoming Region but at times it can be difficult to get the training needed to everyone that wants or needs it. "We have learned many things from the large disasters we have had in the last two years," Said Jaici Murcia Regional Disaster Officer for the Colorado & Wyoming Region. "Training academies like this are vital to keeping our volunteers up to date and ready to respond."

Red Cross Nurse Mary Moorehouse attends the
Frontline Supervisor Class
Training was provided in 13 subjects ranging from the introductory level to the Disaster Frontline Supervisor. "I am a lifelong learner," said Mary Moorhouse, a Red Cross Nurse for 12 years. "The more I learn the better I can be so I try to attend any class that I can."

Story and photos by Bill Fortune,
American Red Cross

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